Fourth Financial Corp.'s fate has always been tied to the fate of the aviation pioneers that settled in Wichita, Kan.

"Going back many years, our bank was instrumental in providing these entrepreneurs with the capital they needed to get started," said Marilyn Pauly, president of Bank IV Wichita, the lead bank of the $7.55 billion-asset company. "We were making loans that today would be construed as a huge risk in financing an industry that was new and unproven."

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