Saint Luke’s Recognizes WWII Veteran and Community Leader With Seat of Honor

Ed Matheny receives Seat of Honor from Saint Luke’s

Portrait of Ed Matheny

Photo provided by Saint Luke’s

In a society where turning 40 is synonymous with being “over the hill, Saint Luke’s recent Seat of Honor honoree Ed Matheny proves that life is still worth living at 100 years old.  

On Tuesday, April 23, Saint Luke’s recognized Matheny before photographer David McLain’s Trailblazing Talks presentation on Blue Zones and the secrets to longevity. As a centenarian and trailblazer himself, Matheny’s journey is a lifetime dedicated to service, leadership and unwavering commitment to his community. 

In his youth, Matheny graduated from Mizzou and served as a Navy intelligence officer in the Pacific during World War II. In 1946, Matheny attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 1949, before returning to Kansas City to work as a managing partner at a prestigious law firm. Matheny went on to help establish Kansas City Public Television and serve as a president and chairman of Saint Luke’s Hospital Board and Foundation for 15 years.  

“Stay active and be involved. That makes life all the worth living.” — Ed Matheny 

From left to right: Louis Collier, Ed Matheny and Dr. Holt

Photo provided by Saint Luke’s

Now, Matheny lives at Saint Luke’s Bishop Spencer Place — but his journey does not end there. With a list of many publications throughout his life, Matheny plans to make space for one more as he currently writes his remarkable autobiography. 

In his downtime, Matheny enjoys walking, spending time with his son, taking in the Kansas City community, staying involved in community activities, interacting with his neighbors and going in for regular checkups at Saint Luke’s — all of which he attributes to his good health. 

Trailblazing Talks includes a lineup of renowned presenters whose work reveals fascinating insights about our planet. Oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle will conclude the series on May 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Muriel Kauffman Theatre with ‘Saving Our Blue Planet, One Hope Spot at a Time.’ Tickets can be purchased here.