Lois Ritthaler Schlickau '51

Community Leader and Agricultural Representative

Lois Ritthaler Schlickau has unselfishly served her community and represented the agriculture industry in Hutchinson, Reno County and the State of Kansas for more than fifty years. Her nomination is the result of both her volunteer work for numerous service organizations and her interest and promotion of agriculture.

Because she had a brother who was an invalid, Schlickau learned at an early age to be concerned for and helpful to other people. She credits this experience with her awareness of the need to assist and serve others. She has spent most of her adult life as a volunteer for multiple service organizations.

As a student at HHS, Schlickau's extracurricular activities were limited by a job after school and on Saturdays. But despite her many commitments, she was a member of several clubs and especially remembers selling advertising for The Buzz in downtown Hutchinson.

After receiving an associate's degree from Hutchinson Community College in 1953, Schlickau entered the work world, married and began a life-long involvement in the agricultural industry including Senator Sam Brownback's Agricultural Advisory Board.

Although Lois Schlickau has committed much of her life to the promotion of Kansas' most important industry, she has also shown a dedication to the community by working for many local organizations. Her long record of community service and agricultural industry involvement ensures her a place on the Wall of Honor.