Posted May 4 to the Johnson County Community College electronic mail server, Infolist:
SAD NEWS: WALT HIERSTEINER DIES
Walt Hiersteiner passed away on Saturday, May 2. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 6, 3 p.m. at the New Reform Temple, 7100 Main Street (Gregory at Main). In May 2002, Walt and Jean Hiersteiner donated $360,000 toward the expansion of the Children’s Center on the JCCC campus to provide space for students in the college’s early childhood development program and more room for childcare. Known as the Hiersteiner Child Development Center, Walt and Jean were frequent visitors and enjoyed reading to the students.
In 2003, Walt was named Johnson Countian of the Year because of advocacy and dedication to education and health issues in Johnson County. He was always a strong advocate for education. He is a former member and president of the Shawnee Mission High School District school board, a former member and president of the USD No. 512, Shawnee Mission Unified School District, board of education and a former member and chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents. Walt also served on the JCCC Foundation Board of Directors.