WU Board of Regents member Jim Roth dies in Wichita

Washburn Review

Jim Roth, a member of the Washburn Board of Regents, died Wednesday, May 19, in Wichita. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 23, at Downing & Lahey Mortuary, 6555 E. Central, Wichita. Funeral mass will be 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 24, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Andover.

Roth, an alumnus of the Washburn University School of Law, was named to the Washburn Board of Regents in 1992 by Gov. Joan Finney. He served four terms, from 1995-97 and 2004-06) as board chairman.

“As we all know, he was a wonderful person who loved Washburn,” said Washburn president Jerry Farley in a message to other board members. “He served with distinction as a board member for many years. We will all miss him.”

Roth received a juris doctor from the Washburn University School of Law in 1966, was honored in 2005 with a Distinguished Service Award and was named an honorary member of Sagamore in 2007. Roth has been engaged in the private practice of law in Wichita since 1979 and was a partner in the law firm of Woodard, Hernandez, Roth and Day.