Irene Nunemaker

Year Inducted


Career Field



  • Major philanthropist and benefactress of the University of Kansas
  • Self-made New York cosmetics industry executive
  • 1952: Products Director for Avon
  • Namesake of Nunemaker Hall, the Honors building, and provided $1 million for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Donated over $2 million to 6 major projects across the country, including the Topeka YWCA