John W. Baughman II Memorial Endowment
John Baughman enrolled in Kansas State University
in 1955 having grown up in Liberal, KS. An agriculture
major, John sought to find a career in the agriculture
world after college. During the spring of his freshman
year, he decided to become a member of Acacia Fraternity
and was welcomed into the brotherhood in May 1956.
John’s brothers remember him as a caring man
with a sense of humor and a love of jazz. Bill Cox
’54 remembers many a night at the Acacia house when
John would listen to old jazz records. When he would
hear one he didn’t like, it wouldn’t take John long
to grab that record and throw it off the back porch
and into the yard. John also loved cars, and he
especially loved his 1941 Ford Hot Rod. However,
ultimately it would be a car that would end his
young life. Late in 1956, while driving home for
break, John was killed in a car accident near Junction
Following his death, John’s parents created a
scholarship endowment in his memory. The endowment
at KSU was created to benefit future Acacians who
could carry on John’s spirit. Having benefited Acacians
for almost 50 years, it is the oldest and most generous
endowment ever created for Kansas State Acacians.
Today, the endowment is utlized to support the
leadership programs of Acacia. In John’s name, Acacia
assists its members as they pursue advancement in
the field of leadership. Whether that pursuit is
through the internal leadership program of the chapter
or the Leadership Studies program of K-State, the
John W. Baughman II Memorial endowment continues
to perpetuate the spirit of its namesake and better
the lives of his fellow Acacia brethern.
Travis Alan Gracey Memorial Endowment
Travis Alan Gracey’s life adventure started on
January 24, 1966, in Aviano, Italy. His parents,
Rodger and Betty Gracey, had recently graduated
from Kansas State Univesity in veterinary medicine
and elementary education, respectively. Through
the Air Force, they were stationed in Italy. By
the time the family departed for the US, one and
a half years later, Travis could speak as much Italian
The family settled in Cheney, Kansas, where Rodger
opened a veterinary clinic. Travis assisted his
father on calls whenever possible, which played
a role in his desire to become a medical doctor.
After moving to the country during his 7th grade
year, Travis, with the guidance of an uncle, began
renovating and rebuilding a 1940 Chevrolet truck,
which he finished his senior year in high school.
While in school, Travis lettered in basketball and
track. He also kept busy farming and working construction.
He was a National Merit semi-finalist and a Foundation
Scholarship recipient, graduating from Cheney High
School in 1984.
Through the years, Travis was active in the church
and youth fellowship. After a youth seminar in Washington,
DC, Travis presented a summary for the congregation.
Anohter time, he gave a sermonette with the theme,
“If God closes a door, He will open a window.” Travis
spoke in front of others with ease and confidence.
Trav demonstrated his loving and giving nature
often. For instance, in 1982, after Betty had several
surgeries, Travis, along with his sister, Marnie,
cared for his mother and kept the house and yard
As an adventure, Travis was always busy. In 1984,
he organized a trip to the Olympics. He and four
friends drove a van to Los Angeles, which was the
highlight of his adolescence prior to entering college
in the fall.
Travis broadened his horizons at KSU by meeting
new friends, facing a challenging education, and
pledging the Acacia Fraternity. He was enrolled
in premedicine and was progressing toward his goals,
when he was in an auotmobile accident. Travis died
on July 23, 1985. The last year of Trav’s life at
K-State was exceptional – the spark in him gleamed
through to everyone that year.
The Gracey family established The Travis Alan
Gracey Memorial Endowment to perpetuate Travis’
life that was spent sharing and enjoying others.
Through those that benefit from the memorial, Trav’s
spark will continue to shine.
Jay P. Crabb Memorial Endowment
Certain people pass through this world and leave
it a much better place in which to live. Jay Crabb
was one of those people. He was a refreshing person
and he clearly lived his life according to the Acacia
principles. No matter how difficult a problem seemed,
Jay was able to view the problem differently and
make his fellow Brother see and understand that
things weren’t as bad as they seemed. Robert Brougham
will never forget his best friend Jay. “When I lost
interest in my course of study he suggested journalism,
which became my first career,” Robert said.
Jay was not only an outstanding Acacian but also
full of humor and a talented journalist. “We would
sneak into the Acacia kitchen, make coffee by dumping
the grind into boiling water and strain it through
our teeth while we discussed philosophy all night
long,” Robert said. While at K-State, Jay wrote
and directed a Y-Orpheum production that placed
second in the competition and then served as executive
producer the following year while helping Acacia
win first place.
As an undergraduate, Jay was always very active
and took an interest in introducing quality men,
including his cousin, Lynn Johnson, to the Acacia
way of life. “While growing up on a farm in Western
Kansas, I had always looked up to my older and more
sophisticated cousin who lived in Colby, Kansas,
so I was honored when Jay introduced me to his friends
at Acacia during my first semester at K-State. I
wouldn’t have had the opportunity to pledge Acacia
without the encouragement and support of Jay.”
After graduating in 1963, Jay toured Europe with
friends and wrote a series of colorful travel stories
in a unique journalistic style for the Topeka Capital-Journal.
He officially joined the Capital-Journal staff in
August 1965. At 25 years old, he was a promising
newsman and beginning a career in which he was bound
to succeed. Unfortunately, Jay Crabb’s life was
tragically cut short in December of that year in
a car accident. It was a terrible loss to his family,
friends, and colleagues.
As the Acacia Fraternity is refocused on its
core values, it is only appropriate to honor Jay
with a memorial endowment. It was founded by the
brothers of the 1950’s who knew Jay and the joy
he brought to life. “No one is more worthy of this
honor,” declared Robert Brougham. We must never
forget Kansas State University’s purpose of higher
learning and our Acacia commitment to supporting
this University. By fostering leadership, Acacia
will produce outstanding leaders and scholars who
go on to hold important roles in their communities.
The Jay Crabb memorial endowment has been created
for this purpose.