Herbert G. Callison

Herbert G. Callison, 81 of Topeka passed away on Wednesday December 26, 2018. He was born in Galesburg Illinois. He was a graduate of Parsons College, Fairfield Iowa and received a Masters degree from the University of Iowa.

He worked at the Iowa Department of Corrections before coming to Topeka. He was a former Executive Director of the Villages, Inc. He was the founder and Executive Director of Mainstream, Inc. from May 1987 to December 2017.

He is survived by a loving family.

A service of remembrance will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday January 8, 2018 at Hyatt Place Hotel. 6021 Southwest 6th Avenue, Topeka, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers, please give to the non-profit of your choice.

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  1. Herb was definitely one of the greatest men I ever had the honor of knowing and working beside. My sympathy to you and your family, Mary Lou.

  2. I worked with Herb for many years. He was very kind and intelligent. He always believed in doing the right thing to help others. I respected him and learned a lot from him.

  3. I was saddened to learn of Herb’s passing. He was a great educator for non-profit organizations. He had a passion for helping and mentoring people, and it showed. He did so much to advance non-profits in Kansas. Mary Lou, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Herb was a real innovator in helping non-profits to understand business, fundraising and sponsorships to fund their programs and services. He will be missed.

  5. Mary Lou and Family: I am so sorry for the loss of Herb. He was an amazing individual and leader in this community. His talent was noticed early with the success of The Villages, associated with the Menninger Foundation. Dr. Karl recognized his potential when he was working at the Iowa Department of Corrections and emphasizing the crime of punishment.

    The success of Mainstream, Inc., led by both Herb and Mary Lou, made significant impact all across Kansas and other States. It was a privilege to have been a part of this organization.

    In addition, I remember his effective facilitation in developing the Community Plan for Juvenile Justice of the Kansas Third Judicial District. This was a challenging responsibility that he so professionally managed.

    I have known Herb for over 20 years and always enjoyed meeting for coffee and our conversations and discussion of issues. He will be greatly missed and I will always value him as my friend.

    Roger Dirks

  6. Mary Lou, Sad to hear of Herb’s passing. Herb’s insight for educating non-profits to fully participate in the business world was truly innovative. As you know, he had this way of talking people (especially me) into doing things they never dreamed of doing. I will miss him. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. I always thought of Herb as a “‘quiet catalyst.” His work was always for the welfare and betterment of others in the entire community.

  8. Mary Lou – so sorry to see that Herb passed away. He was a good man and will be missed. My thoughts are with you. Judy Knoll

  9. Sorry to see that Herb had passed. He was a good dad, friend, and person. I have positive memories of playing tennis and our conversations at school and athletic events.
    One memory, on more than one occasion we could be talking about world situations, sports, or anything. No matter how serious the world situations were, he was still the luckiest man in the world because he was married to the lady that made the best pies in the world. He was a good guy.

    With deepest sympathy, Al Ferrell

  10. Mary Lou, I am so sorry for your loss. Herb was a great person and was an integral part of non-profit programs and services in Kansas for decades. He will be missed. I am planning to come to the service on Tuesday. My thoughts are with you.
    Deone Wilson

  11. Mr Callison was also an excellent teacher at Washburn University, in the Criminal Justice Department ,in the early 1980’s .He was a pioneer of sort in the field of community corrections,as well as author.He made his class interesting ,and seemed to enjoy the discussion’s and opinions of his students. I wish to extend my deepest sympathy,and prayers to the Callison family .

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