Creating New Opportunities

Michael Duncan’s memory lives on through gift to support Engineering Hall.

The College of Engineering’s new Engineering Hall is a lasting facility that meets the needs of tomorrow’s leaders. The 108,000-square-foot addition to the Durland-Rathbone-Fiedler complex is creating new opportunities for the college to collaborate, innovate and educate.

That appeals to Candy Duncan, ‘75, who made a gift to support the facility and name one of its meeting rooms in honor of her husband, the late Mike Duncan, M.D.

The couple grew up in Andover, Kansas, before attending K-State together. Candy studied accounting while Mike earned his degree in nuclear engineering in 1974, before going on to study medicine at University of Kansas.

Mike Duncan’s distinguished career included serving as chief of medicine for NASA, where he led that agency’s efforts in the highly publicized rescue of Chilean miners in 2010. Candy Duncan retired as managing partner in the Washington, D.C. metro area for KPMG, a professional services global network, and now teaches for KPMG and serves on several corporate boards.

A gift to name the James Michael Duncan, MD Meeting Room within Engineering Hall was the perfect opportunity to help students and faculty while honoring her husband, who died in May 2012.

“It’s so important that students have a great place to learn and grow. It encourages them,” she said.

Read more about how your gift can support the College of Engineering and advance the Innovation and Inspiration Campaign.

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