Philanthropist, Kansas State supporter Donna Vanier dies at 85


A well-known philanthropist and supporter of Kansas State University and several Salina organizations has died. 

The family of Donna Vanier said she died Saturday at the age of 85. The cause of death was not released. 

Vanier earned the Kansas State University Medal of Excellence, which recognizes those who provided exceptional service, leadership and philanthropic contributions to the university. 

She served on several boards and organizations at Kansas State and in Salina, where she led the creation of the Donna Vanier Children's Center. 

Vanier lived most of her adult life with her husband on the CK Ranch outside of Brookville.