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January 2, 2014


Dan Spangler Memorial Scholarship established at Cowley


Wanting to do something in the memory of her late husband, Dan Spangler, Jan Spangler recently established the Dan Spangler Memorial Scholarship at Cowley College.

"It means a lot to the college, and particularly to our students, when people with a heart like Jan are willing to set up scholarships in memory of those they love,” Ben Schears, vice president for institutional advancement said. "It's been a real blessing to work with Jan in the establishment of this scholarship fund. She has a heart to see Dan's legacy live on."

Dan graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1950 and proceeded to attend Arkansas City Junior College (now Cowley College), where he graduated in 1952.


SpanglerHe would later be named the recipient of Cowley College’s Outstanding Tiger Alumni Award in 1992.  read more

“Dan liked to give back to the community and individuals in very giving ways,” Jan said. “This was a way to give back to the school and teachers that helped him along the way.”

The scholarship will be awarded annually to eligible Cowley College students and will be applied over two semesters. The recipient must be a Cowley County resident, have a minimum 2.5 GPA, and be a full-time art major.

“Visual art was something Dan thoroughly enjoyed,” Jan Spangler said. “He had a talent for it.””

After attending Cowley College, Dan served as a member of the United States Air Force. He went on to work for and later own the Day’s Monument Company, which is now known as Dawson Monument Company in Arkansas City. Along with his design work on markers and monuments, Spangler also excelled in glasswork. His glass designs can be seen in churches in Texas, Vermont, and in the Presbyterian Church in Ark City. He also has a marble carving at the Presbyterian Manor in the chapel.
Outside of his work, Spangler donated his time with organizations such as the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Kiwanis Club.

“He was always interested in helping young people and would have enjoyed being able to help students at Cowley through this scholarship,” Jan said.

He also served as president of the Kansas/Oklahoma/Missouri Monument Builders Organization, was a member of the Arkansas City Chamber Board, served as Chairman of the Board on zoning in Ark City, and was a member of the VFW and American Legion in Ark City.

The couple’s daughter, Denah, graduated from Cowley College in 1986.