Class of 1961 - Jim Burmeister Challenge






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Jim Burmeister’s time at Washington University spans nearly seven decades with stops at all corners of the campus that he has come to know so well and share with so many. He began working part-time in the psychology department at age 14 before enrolling as a student. After earning degrees in political science, business and psychology (AB ’61, MBA ’63, MA ’67), Jim accepted his first full-time position as University Registrar, then served in alumni relations, public affairs, and commencement.

Jim is celebrated for his knowledge of university history and his tours are among the most popular occasions on campus. For 35 years he advised Thurtene Junior Honorary, helping university organizations raise money for St. Louis children’s charities and earning the title of “Coach.” 

Jim’s lively, thoughtful service has enhanced the board of the Campus Y, the Alumni Board of TKE fraternity, the board of Whittemore House, the W Club Executive Committee and the William Greenleaf Eliot Society. In 1977, Thurtene named the trophy for best overall participation in the carnival the Burmeister Cup. He received the Gloria W. White Distinguished Service Award in 2001 in recognition of his dedication to creating a positive working and learning environment at Washington University.

In 2006, upon his retirement from advising Thurtene, the 455 Thurtene alumni he had advised funded “Coach” Jim Burmeister Plaza in the Village. He was inducted into the WashU Athletics Hall of Fame for distinguished service in 2011 and received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Arts & Sciences in 2013. 

Dedicated to the WashU student experience, Jim made a generous commitment to name the Burmeister Lounge in the Gary M. Sumers Recreation Center, providing a vital campus space for students to study or socialize with friends. Jim is a member of the university’s William Greenleaf Eliot Society and Loyalty Society.

See how the Class of 1961 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.


Milica Ebenspanger Banjanin *
Donald Becker
Patricia Rojas Bell
Helen Thompson Berger
Elaine Lander Biegelsen
Barbara Klearman Bisno
Ellen Baron Blaustein
Carol Mooney Bowen
Benita Weissman Boxerman
Robert Broderick
Steven Brown
Lammert Buchhold
Daniel Buescher
Marybelle Drewel Buescher
Robert Bunselmeyer
James Burmeister
John Caskey *
Theodore Chura
W. Churchill
Larry Cohen
Sheilah Aron Cohen
Robert Cohn
Robert Cornbleet
Sharon Anderson Croissant
Loren Deland
Don Dempsey
Marlene Glanz Dempsey
Doris Sweet DeZutter
Ralph Dowling
Ellen Treiman Dunsker
Ronald Evens
Patsy Bourne Frizzell
Allan Froehlich
Larry Gandal
Edward Goedeke
Norman Gold
Lester Goldman
Sally Bleiweiss Goodman
Suzanne Greenwald
Sylvia Spencer Grote
Sondra Stonebraker Harrison
Susan Meckfessel Hartmann
Anne Horan Hegeman
Vicki Gerstein Hendin
O. Hermes
Alan Hitt
Sheila Hertslet Hodges
Phillip Hoffsten
Garlan Hoskin
Barbara Baker Hull
Edward Jacques
Charles James
Barry Jasper *
Marietta Welch Johnson
John Kappel
Marcia Rippstein Kern
Jerry Klein
Betty Feldman Kline
Judith Rawlins Klutho
Paul Koch
Jerome Kraus
Linda Rimmel Kraus
Theodore Laetsch
Lawrence Landholt
Kent Lattig
Terry Lengfelder
Susan Brickman Levin
Marilyn Aach Levy
Jeanne Behrens Lewi
Cheri Kruse Lewis
Mary Pieske Long
Raymond Lum
Leo Malone
Patricia Knackstedt Marino
Ronald Marks
William Messner
David Morris
Patrick Morris
Janine Renaud Nelson
Eric Oberer
Sandra Wright Oliver
Judith Eckhoff Owens
Ida Feldmann Perabo
Edward Peters
John Picarelli
A. Pierce
Marshall Poger
Jane Hardesty Poole
Rochelle Lapin Popkin
Michael Priwer
Sue Caldwell Reisel
Charlotte Rist-Adelsperger
Joyce Boettcher Robb
Claire Talbot Robertson
Thomas Rogers
Susan Shucart Roman
Michael Russo
Anne Ward Sabbert
Jack Sanders
Stephen Sandler
John Saufnauer
Louis Saur
Laurence Schiffer
Gary Schmidt
Bud Schonder
Elsa Arensmeyer Schraudenbach
Henry Schwartz
Spencer Sealander
Audrey Fox Shanfeld
E. Singleton
Sandra Ballard Spirtas
Joan Zeffren Sublett
Marjorie Sachs Susman
Marcia Faier Tash
Paul Taylor
Mary Drews Tess
Frederic Troy
Loyce Mausehund Turan
Terry Turner
Dorothy Warrick
David Weil
Mark Weil
Marshall Weinstein
Donald Wessling
John Weyforth *
Robert Wierschem
James Williams
Charles Wirts
Patrick Witte
Lawrence Wolf
Bonnie Barton Wolfarth
Claudette Tobin Wolfe
Judith Harris Wolman
Howard Wood
Steven Zemelman
Constance Smith Zimpfer


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.