Edith & Kenneth* Bronson

Edith & Kenneth* Bronson

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Edith & Kenneth*  Bronson

Kenneth Bronson, ba '59, was born April 15, 1933 and graduated from Kensington High School, where he was valedictorian. He attended KU's School of Journalism and was named outstanding junior of the year. While attending school, Bronson was drafted into the Navy and served as public information officer aboard the Boxer aircraft carrier. While on board the Boxer, Bronson produced a weekly newspaper, radio broadcasts, and the ship's final cruise book. Upon his return, Bronson went to work for Stauffer Publications where he covered sports and state news.

Bronson graduated from Washburn University with a bachelor's in English in 1959. He married Edith MacArthur that same year, and purchased a weekly newspaper in Pierce City, Mo., which became an award winning publication.

Bronson again became a member of Stauffer Publications as editor of Independence, Mo. Newspaper in 1962. Bronson served the Independence community in a variety of ways, including serving as president of the Independence Rotary. He received the Jaycees Distinguished Service Award for his dedication and service. In 1966, Bronson transferred to Pittsburg, Kan., where he merged two newspapers to create The Headlight-Sun. Bronson continued to be an active member of the community in Pittsburg. 

In 1977, Bronson was named vice president of Stauffer Newspapers which brought him back to the Topeka community. While vice president, he managed to grow the division into 22 newspaper plants with 30 publications and started Stauffer Media Systems, which became a leading vendor of newspaper software products. In 1993, Bronson left Stauffer Publications after 36 years of dedicated service.

Bronson became the executive vice president and CEO of Nixon Newspapers in Peru, Ind. and after 4 years, retired and moved back to Topeka in 1997. He started Ken Bronson Consulting upon his retirement, offering advice to clients in the newspaper industry.
Bronson had a distinguished career. He served as president of the board of directors of Kansas Press Association, led the Kansas Newspaper Foundation, was inducted into 

the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame, and was three times the interim director of the Kansas Newspaper Foundation. In 1983, Bronson directed the American Newspaper Publishers Association Convention. He passed away October 25, 2010.

Edith MacArthur was born August 2, 1938 in Topeka. Graduating Seaman as Valedictorian, she later graduated from Washburn University Magna Cum Laude in 1959, with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and French. While at Washburn she edited the 1958 and 1959 yearbook, was French Club President, a member of NoNoSo and Who's Who. She followed her husband's newspaper career from city to city.

After three children, Brian, Laura and Linda, she was a constant room mother at the schools her children attended. She served on the Pittsburg Human Relations Committee, the Legal Aid Committee of the Crawford County Council on Crime and Delinquency, and chaired the Pittsburg Public Schools Career Education Advisory Council.

In Topeka, she chaired the board of Mainstream/Kansas Non-Profit Society, served in leadership roles for the Topeka-Shawnee County and the Kansas League of Women Voters, and was newsletter editor for the Shadywood West Homeowners Association.

She served on the general board and the administrative committee of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada; held many leadership roles on the Kansas Disciples Regional Board and on the Indiana Regional Board; was moderator of the Indiana northeast district and of Topeka First Christian Church.  She was an elder in three congregations; chaired many ministries and special committees; and taught church school at several levels.