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.


William Abbott
Ethel Knight Adam
Gerald Bader
George Banjak
Mary Franklin Banks
Sheldon Baron
Emil Beier
Ann Wilson Brown
Edith Gould 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
Emroy Knaus
Engelbert Knaus
Joan Vogler Kniest
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
Elizabeth Johnson Smith
Margaret Reed Smith
Jack Spilker
Robert Stiens
Beverly Wallace Straub
Alice Petersen Stringham
Darlene Marvin Stromsdorfer
John Stuart
Barbara Fretwell Susman
Millard Susman
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.