$200,000 planetarium gift a memorial to W.D.P. Carey

Friday, December 3, 1976

A $200,000 gift to the Hutchinson Planetarium by the widow and children of a prominent Hutchonian was announced Friday morning by Mrs. Howard Carey, Jr., Willowbrook.

The gift is a memorial to the late W.D.P. Carey, who died in 1973. Carey was a leader in local business and philanthropic circles, whose activities ranged from corporate management to civic improvement, from helping develop local golf courses to helping build Hutchinson Hospital. He was a partner in the law firm of Martindell, Carey, Hunter and Dunn, and a son of Emerson Carey, founder of the Carey industries.

The memorial is being given by Mrs. W.D.P. Carey, Willowbrook; daughter, Mrs. Gwen Everett, 117 Countryside; son, W.D.P. Carey, Jr., Denver.

"We had been wanting to establish a memorial for Mr. Carey," said his widow. "There were so many things he was interested in, that we weren't quite sure at first what to do. But we do know he always kept up with the Planetarium, enjoyed seeing it grow, and we believe that with his interest in education he would be glad to know that others will enjoy learning, also."

"We are deeply grateful for the gift," said Mrs. Howard Carey, who is president of the Kansas Science and Arts Foundation, which owns and operates the Planetarium. "William was always interested in the Planetarium, from the day it began. We believe that this gift will allow a great many persons from all over the state to share in that interest."

She added that the money will be concentrated on the new development planned for the Planetarium, and will be named the W.D.P. Carey Cosmosphere. The Cosmosphere and, Discovery Center will add 20,000 square feet to the current Planetarium on the campus of Hutchinson Community College, and make it a "significant, major science center in the midwestUnited States."

More than $350,000 has now been contributed to that new development, said Mrs. Howard Carey. The Foundation expects to began building, possibly within a year, after at least half of the estimated $1.5 million required to build the facility is raised.

A complete spacecraft, which was the back-up ship and trainer for the Apollo/Soyez mission in July, 1975, is already warehoused in the Hutchinson area. It will be on permanent display in the new facility. Custody of the $23 million spacecraft from the Smithsonian Institution was sought by 15 foreign countries and 35 national museums, but was awarded to

the Hutchinson Planetarium after Smithsonian officials reviewed plans for the Cosmosphere and Discovery Center.