Deceased Members


Kathryn NelsonKathryn Nelson was a longtime program officer with the Danforth Foundation and is well known throughout St. Louis' educational community as an advocate for children and families. Until her death in 2006, she provided leadership and assistance in the growth of many regional organizations, including Parents as Teachers, Doorways, the Girl Scout Council, the St. Louis Public Library Board, and the St. Louis 2004 project.


Jacqueline Grennan Wexler, PhDJacqueline Grennan Wexler, Ph.D. was an alumna, a former Sister of Loretto and a former President of Webster University. Renowned for her innovative approaches to education, especially experiential education, she served as President of Hunter College (NY), as President of the World Organization of Christians and Jews, and as a longtime Director of United Technologies. She was also an emeritus Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania.


The Honorable Harriett F. WoodsThe Honorable Harriett F. Woods was a noted journalist, public servant, educator, and advocate for women. After a career in print and televised journalism, she served the State of Missouri as a State Senator. When she was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1984, she became the first woman to win statewide office in Missouri. After she retired from political office in 1998, Woods became a Fellow of the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and served as the president of the Institute for Policy Leadership at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. From 1991-1996, she served as President of the National Women's Political Caucus. Woods was a frequent lecturer and had been prolific in the media since her retirement both as a commentator on KWMU and as a writer. Her works included the book, Stepping Up to Power: The Political Journey of American Women.