Emery* & Dorothy Fager

Emery* & Dorothy Fager

donor plaque

Emery Fager, honorary doctorate '93, was born in Osage County, Kan. He graduated from Osage City High School in 1934 and from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin in 1959. In 1936, Fager got his start in banking as a clerk for Citizens State Bank of Osage City and then moved on in 1938 to the First National Bank in Topeka. During World War II, Fager was an officer in the Army Signal Corps. After the war, he became CEO of Kansas State Bank of Overbrook from 1946 to 1959. In 1959, Fager helped found and served as the Chairman of CoreFirst Bank and Trust, formerly Commerce Bank & Trust.  Under Fager's leadership, Commerce experienced massive growth and progressive changes.  For example, Commerce installed the first ATM ("Telly") in the state so customers would have access to 24-hour banking services. Fager passed away December 28, 2014 at the age of 97. He was married to Dorothy Fager. Together they had two children, five grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.