Washington University in St. Louis

University Advancement

Class of 1956 - Danforth Tribute



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The late Chancellor Emeritus William H. Danforth, whose grandfather founded the Ralston Purina Company, never regarded privilege as a birthright. For him, good fortune came with a sense of purpose and a responsibility to give back. One of Washington University’s greatest and humblest leaders, Dr. Danforth served Washington University for more than 65 years, including 24 as our 13th chancellor from 1971 to 1995. 

Even if you didn’t know him personally, you certainly benefited from Dr. Danforth’s vision and compassionate leadershipWe ask you to make your Class Gift in honor of Dr. Danforth and in celebration of your own contribution to our incredible WashU story. 

When combined, individual gifts provide resources that address urgent issues and support promising opportunities through scholarships, research programs, technology upgrades, library enhancements, career services, and more. Join your classmates and make a gift that honors our past and builds a better future for every WashU student.

See how the Class of 1956 is tracking: Reunion Class Gift Results. Any and all gifts to Washington University are included in the Reunion Class Gift totals.

Washington University is pleased to acknowledge the special support of your classmates. If you would like to add your name to this list by a making a contribution to your Class Gift, please contact the Reunion Class Gift Office at 314-935-2848 or make your gift today.


Recent Donors

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  • William Abbott
  • Ethel Knight Adam
  • Gerald Bader
  • George Banjak
  • Mary Franklin Banks
  • Sheldon Baron
  • Emil Beier
  • Edith Gould Brown
  • Ann Wilson Brown
  • John Busekrus
  • Gloria Berger Cotlar
  • Nancy Desatnick
  • Jean Williams Ehlers
  • Rita Wolff Eiseman
  • John Fisher
  • James Garard
  • Charles Gold
  • Phyllis Kelner Goldberg
  • Charlene Dobinsky Goodman
  • Shirley Smith Graham
  • Patricia Hawks Helmkamp
  • Nedra Riddle Hoester
  • Paul Holdener
  • Milton Hoskins
  • Gene Jackson
  • Ann Johanson *
  • Leo Johnson
  • Calvin Kam
  • Joe KatterJohn
  • Joan Rosen Katz
  • Ernst Kieckers
  • L. Killebrew
  • Richard Kite
  • Engelbert Knaus
  • Emroy Knaus
  • Richard Kohrs
  • Kenneth Lacho
  • Leonard Landsbaum
  • Ronald Leggett
  • Robert Levin
  • Peter Likes
  • Fred Lindecke
  • Martin Lipsitz
  • Thomas Lloyd
  • Susan Jones Luedde
  • Lynn Oxenhandler Lyss
  • Nancy Groves Manning
  • Margaret McCormick-Ritter
  • Albert Meier
  • Charles Mennell
  • Kurt Metzl
  • Ronald Meyer
  • Jerrold Meyers
  • Mary Pedroja Morris
  • Kate Hilliker Murashige
  • Howard Nelson
  • Sanford Neuman
  • Edward Nonweiler
  • Norma Hauschild Padgett *
  • Marvin Parker
  • Biagio Pietroburgo
  • Lenard Politte
  • Harriett Kraemer Potenza
  • Herbert Raskas
  • Barry Reeves
  • Rose Falzone Rhodes
  • Allan Ried
  • Elizabeth Erdman Sandol
  • Peter Saul
  • Harvey Schneider
  • Beverly Sherp Schraibman
  • Carol Snodgrass Schultz
  • Iwao Shiraki
  • Jerome Sincoff
  • Margaret Reed Smith
  • Elizabeth Johnson Smith
  • Jack Spilker
  • Robert Stiens
  • Beverly Wallace Straub
  • Alice Petersen Stringham
  • Darlene Marvin Stromsdorfer
  • John Stuart
  • Patricia Rothrock Sustendal
  • Eugene Syrewicz
  • Thomas Teasdale
  • Emma Rosa Terry
  • William Tragos
  • Elva Basse Tucker
  • Robert Utz
  • Christopher Vlahoplus
  • Jerry Wanninger
  • Rolla Wetzel
  • Carol Kolodny Winston
  • Judith Taussig Wolters


Sending WashU and St. Louis to you!

Until we can meet in St. Louis again, we’re sending a little bit of campus—and the city—to you. Get your exclusive Washington University in St. Louis T-shirt when you contribute $10 or more to your Class Gift.

The dark heather gray Bella+Canvas-brand T-shirtis made from a super-soft cotton-poly blend and has a slightly fitted shape. Please allow six to eight weeks for delivery.