Ex-Menninger CEO suggests downtown Topeka marker

Photo By: Brian Dulle, Kansas First News
Photo By: Brian Dulle, Kansas First News

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The retired CEO of the famed Menninger psychiatric clinic is suggesting that redevelopment efforts in downtown Topeka include a plaque honoring the site of his grandfather’s medical office in the 1890s.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/R0h5t8 ) that Dr. Walt Menninger contacted the newspaper to suggest the honor for his grandfather, Dr. C.F. Menninger.

The newspaper solicited suggestions after an architectural firm working on the redevelopment disclosed names of people who could be honored with plaques or statues. The list included world-renowned psychiatrist Dr. Karl Menninger, who died in 1990.

He was the son of C.F. Menninger and both helped found the Menninger clinic in 1919. It remained in Topeka until moving to the Houston area in 2003.

The city plans improvements along a four-block downtown stretch over two years.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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