2013 Distinguished Staff
Hazel Fleischer graduated from Seaman Rural High School and then Washburn College, later receiving her Master’s from KU in 1957. During the 1930s and 1940s she taught at various rural and small town Kansas high schools before a brief stint as an instructor at Washburn. She married Robert Lingo, a civil engineer, in 1940. Mrs. Lingo then became an English teacher at Topeka High, from 1951 to 1974. Upon retirement the Lingos entered a new phase as Topeka philanthropists with Ward-Meade Park and the Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library being two major beneficiaries. The stone barn at Ward-Meade is named for them, The Lingo Livery Stable; whereas the library’s rotunda, its chief architectural feature, honors their memory. She passed away in 1998.