Bill Spencer


December 4, 2019 - 9:43 AM

Bill R. Spencer, a former president of Allen County Community College, passed away Nov. 24, 2019, in Lenexa.

He was born Nov. 4, 1932, in Eldon, Mo., and graduated from Chanute High School.

He was president of ACCC from 1968 to 1982.

Bill served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Waccamaw and USS Wyandot during the Korean Conflict.

He graduated from Chanute Junior College and Pittsburg State University, earning B.S. and M.S. degrees in education. He received his Ed.D. from the University of Kansas.

Bill and Iris Barsby were married in 1956 in Chanute.

He was a school administrator in Parsons, Overland Park and Manhattan. In addition to Iola, he served as president of community colleges in Highland and Kansas City, Kan.

He was an avid tennis player well into his 70s, and played basketball throughout high school and junior college.

In addition to his wife, Iris, survivors include his daughters, Anne Atkinson and husband, Rob, of Lenexa, and Susan Catt and husband, Doug, of Shawnee, and four grandchildren.

Memorial services are Friday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village. Memorials may be made to Parkinson’s Foundation or Village Presbyterian Church.


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