Webster University Centennial 1915 - 2015.

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DWS Visionaries

Daniel Webster Society (DWS) Visionary Award Winners: 2008 - 2014



The Daniel Webster Society Visionary Award recognizes the unwavering commitment of individuals who have been indispensable in advancing the mission of Webster University.



Jinny and Larry Browning

Jinny and Larry Browning

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2008 Winners: Jinny and Larry Browning

The 2008 inaugural Visionary Award recognizes Jinny and Larry Browning, whose 33 years of service have not only advanced but helped to shape the mission of Webster University.

It is difficult to conceive of an aspect of Webster University that has not been impacted by the leadership, foresight, and philanthropy of Jinny and Larry Browning. Introduced to Webster through their involvement with the creation of Opera Theatre, they developed a keen interest in the University's pragmatic educational model, international initiatives, and capacity as an arts leader in the community. In the early 1980s, the Brownings became benefactors of the University, where their tenure has since transformed the campus and helped place Webster at the forefront of global education and the arts.

Larry joined the Webster Board of Trustees in 1986, and he and Jinny were charter members of the Daniel Webster Society, established that same year. As board member, chairman, and as Lifetime Trustee, Larry worked tirelessly to raise the University's profile and help guide its development. During this time, the Brownings' philanthropy was unparalleled; Larry encouraged and supported the University's early adoption of educational technology and distance learning. This passion culminated in their leadership gift toward the construction of the award-winning Emerson Library. Then in 2003, the Browning Challenge grant catalyzed the successful partnership to expand the Loretto-Hilton Center and Jinny's recognition of the power of music education to inspire students is evidenced in her commitment to the Community Music School of Webster.

The Brownings were the single largest contributors toward the success of Webster's transformational New Tradition Campaign, and where they once again helped to shape the future for Webster through their support for the sciences. Their foresight and philanthropy guarantee Webster will be a stakeholder in St. Louis' vision to be an epicenter for bio-technology research.

George H. Walker, III

George H. Walker, III

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2009 Winner: George H. Walker, III

The Visionary Award of 2009 is presented to Ambassador George Herbert Walker III (Bert), whose energy and vision have helped shape a small liberal-arts college into a global university that continues to break new ground as a pioneer in higher education.

The ties between Ambassador Walker and Webster were forged 35 years ago when Webster College President Leigh Gerdine invited Bert, as he likes to be called, to join the college's Board of Trustees. During his long tenure on the board, including two separate terms as chairman, Webster opened extended campuses on military bases, in communities around the nation, and abroad. As Webster College evolved into Webster University, Bert joined the Daniel Webster Society as a charter member and served a term as president of its board.

Bert was an active volunteer leader during Webster's 1988-1991 capital campaign, and spearheaded the fundraising effort to endow the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts. He took a leave of absence from the Board of Trustees while serving as ambassador to Hungary, but during that time he remained closely involved with Webster through the Vienna campus. Bert has since helped shape the School's Global MBA program, through his leadership as chairman of the School of Business and Technology Advisory Board for the past 15 years.

Bert and his wife Carol's philanthropy toward Webster has been transformative. In October 2007, Bert made the single largest gift in Webster's history, designated to the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology. He has since established the Herbert Walker Scholarship, and in 1992, inspired the Board of Trustees to establish an endowed fund, the George Herbert Walker III Prize for Leadership Award.

Marianne Knaup

Marianne Knaup

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2010 Winner: Marianne Knaup

The Visionary Award of 2010 is presented to the late Warren Knaup and to our own alumna Marianne Knaup, whose love and appreciation of her alma mater helped Webster College become the worldwide university that Webster is today, enabling the creation of new generations of thinkers.

Marianne Knaup BA '67 has been an active member of the Webster community for more than 50 years. She enrolled as a nontraditional student at Webster College in 1954 and pursued her degree while raising a family and teaching. Following the completion of her degree, Marianne continued to take non-credit classes on campus until President Jacqueline Grennan Wexler pointed out that Marianne had been immersed in Webster's culture too long and needed to pursue her master's degree elsewhere to truly grow. With her late husband Warren's encouragement, after earning her MA from Washington University in St. Louis. Then returning to become more deeply involved with Webster.

Marianne was Alumni Homecoming Class Chair for her class's 30th reunion and also served on the Alumni Board. She and Warren were members of the Daniel Webster Society from the Society's inception in 1986, and Marianne served on its board from 1990 through 1996. She served on the Board of Trustees for the University from 1998 to 2007. Through it all, she continued to take advantage of the educational opportunities that Webster provides alumni and the community.

In 1995 Webster recognized Marianne's leadership and service by presenting her with the Mary Elizabeth Newell Award, which is given annually to an alumna or alumnus who has demonstrated loyalty, commitment, and concern for Webster University over many years. It is through the Knaups' personal successes that allowed enhancement of their voluntarism at Webster with a commitment to stewardship. Their leadership gifts to Webster have advanced the University endowment and signaled their confidence in the future of Webster University. As an alumna, Marianne's involvement and commitment to Webster has served as an example to alumni everywhere, inspiring others to invest their time and resources in transforming the University.

Consuelo E. Gallagher

Consuelo E. Gallagher

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2011 Winner: Consuelo E. Gallagher

The Visionary Award of 2011 is presented to Consuelo Gallagher for her years of dedication to international and native students of Webster University. Inspiring the love for all languages and culture and fulfilling and advancing the mission of this institution.

Consuelo Gallagher arrived at Webster at the end of World War II, a 20-year-old Venezuelan with a one-year fellowship to teach Spanish. She connected easily with the international students who made their way to Webster, and Consuelo quickly recognized what they needed to thrive on campus. "In the 1950s," she said, "Webster accepted foreign students without knowing how well they knew English. There was no formal English as a Second Language (ESL) program, so when the students got here it was sink or swim! Being a foreign person myself, I naturally understood their problem."

In 1962, after researching programs at other institutions, Consuelo developed a basic ESL curriculum for Webster. With no official budget for the program, Consuelo organized a network of professors and work-study students who could help Webster's international students navigate the strange waters of an American college. This program grew, and Webster established a formal ESL program in 1976.

Through it all, Consuelo taught. She taught her students a love of all languages, an appreciation for other cultures and tools for teaching others. When the University compiled a memory book for Consuelo's retirement in 2004, dozens of notes and letters came in from former students who spoke of their respect and love for her and noted the impact she had on their lives and careers.

Marilyn R. Fox

Marilyn R. Fox

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2012 Winner: Marilyn R. Fox

The Visionary Award of 2012 is presented to Marilyn R. Fox to recognize a prestigious donor and longtime benefactor in recognition of her steadfast and energetic service to and support of Webster University and its students.

Marilyn Fox's relationship with Webster began in 1988, with her husband Sam, when they first supported Webster students through what has now become the annual Fox Family Foundation Scholarships. These scholarships provide direct, essential support to financially disadvantaged students and the Fox Scholarships have had a transformative effect on the lives of the recipients. In addition to their generous annual support, Sam and Marilyn made a significant leadership gift during the recent Webster Works Campaign to support those scholarships in perpetuity.

Marilyn has dedicated years in service to advancing and promoting the vision of Webster University. She continues to serve as a Board of Trustee member, first joining in 1990. Furthermore, she has also served on the Daniel Webster Society board of directors, acting as board president from 2004 through 2005.

Jan and Ronald Greenberg

Jan and Ronald Greenberg

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2013 Winners: Jan S. and Ronald Greenberg

The Visionary Award of 2013 is presented to Ronald Greenberg and our own alumni, faculty member, and former Trustee, Jan Greenberg, in recognition of their decades of committing their professional passion, expertise, artistic enrichment and philanthropy with Webster. Their example embodies what it means to share your time, talent, and treasure in unwavering commitment to Webster's mission.

The story of Jan and Ronald Greenberg's relationship with Webster University began in the early 1970s when Jan arrived in pursuit of her Master of Arts in Teaching. At the same time, Ron, an avid art collector, opened the Greenberg Van Doren Gallery in St. Louis. When Jan graduated with her MAT in 1973, it could have been the conclusion of the Greenberg's Webster story, but their leadership, generosity and spirit made it instead, only the beginning.

Jan received an invitation from Judy Aronson, a Webster faculty member in the 1960s and 70s, and she was able to join as an adjunct faculty member in 1974. For the next 27 years, Jan provided invaluable instruction to students in the classroom as an adjunct instructor and director of the Aesthetic Education Master of Arts in Teaching program at Webster.

Jan started her donor relationship with the University 30 years ago with a gift of $25. As an alumna of the University, it would have been possible for all of the family's involvement to end with Jan; however, Ron has also gone above and beyond, in particular, through their generous donation of art throughout the years. The first piece of art they donated was in 1992, ‘Holiday X.' For over two decades their cherished gifts of artwork have enhanced the University's collection, encouraged creative innovation for students of the arts, and through Ronald's dedication and encouragement, inspired others in the art community to support Webster as a center for culture and the arts. As the Greenbergs expanded their leadership at Webster, Jan and Ron became charter members of the Daniel Webster Society and Jan joined its Board.

Because of the Greenberg's philanthropic impact on Webster's art collection and due to Jan's remarkable professional contributions in the literary field, Jan has been recognized with many of Webster's highest honors. She was honored as the recipient of Webster's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1986. She also served on the University's Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2001, and was named the recipient of the third annual Outstanding Alumni Award for the School of Education, which is presented to a Webster alumnus who has made extraordinary contributions to the community through his or her profession or field of voluntary service. This award recognized Jan's high achievement, enthusiasm and remarkable track record as a true leader in her field, as both an academic and as a prolific author of literature for children and young adults.

In 2002, to broaden his commitment to Webster and its esteemed arts programming, Ron served as a member of the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts Advisory Board. For over 10 years, until he retired from his Advisory Board position in December 2012, Ron's leadership helped guide and enhance the College's education and mission. Because of Ron's leadership and status within the regional arts community, he keenly helped increase the public awareness and support of Webster.

As an alumna at Webster and prolifically award winning author of numerous fiction and non-fiction books, short stories, and book reviews, Jan took the lead by sharing her literary passion and expertise with the University community at homecoming's Alumni Authors program and has presented hundreds of lectures and workshops on writing, art, and children's literature. The Greenbergs' story is still being written at Webster as they continue to demonstrate their generosity and leadership at Webster's art community through service on many different levels.

Jean Hobler

Jean Hobler

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2014 Winner: Jean Hobler

One of the Visionary Awards of 2014 is presented to Jean Hobler for her longtime support of the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, which allows the furthering of education to students from all over the world who come to study here at Webster.

Jean Hobler's devotion to Webster University began as a proud Webster parent when, Jean and her husband Wells' son, Edward, attended Webster University. Their daughter Linnard (Nardi) followed suit, graduating from Webster with a BA in Art Media in 1970. Currently, their daughter, Leigh Hobler Gerard, is enrolled in the MA Counseling program at Webster.

It was Jean's friendship with Leigh Gerdine, of the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, who first engaged her personally with Webster University. As philanthropic leaders, in 1986, Jean and Wells became Charter Members of the Daniel Webster Society. In 1987, Jean was invited by her friends, Leigh Gerdine and George Herbert Walker, III, to join the Board of Trustees, on which Jean maintained her service leadership for nearly two decades.

In 1999, Jean and Wells began conversations with Peter Sargent, Dean of the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, and Webster University's executive leadership, to begin the idea of generously funding a portion of the expansion of the Loretto-Hilton Center to benefit and enhance the excellent dance instruction of the department. Jean and Wells wanted to ensure an inspiring learning environment for students and the proper facilities to provide a studio that allows for observation, and the space needed for the numerous teachers in the program to have a complete and inspiring space to teach. They gave the supreme gift of the Jean and Wells Hobler Center for Dance, which has acted as the catalyst for growth of the dance program.

Jane and Bruce Robert

Jane and Bruce Robert

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2014 Winners: Jane and Bruce Robert

The next Visionary Award of 2014 is presented to Jane and Bruce Robert.

A dedicated philanthropic leader on the College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board and long-time DWS member, Jane Robert began her collegiate studies at Webster University in 1969, earning her BA in French Language and Literature.

Currently a member of Webster's Board of Trustees, Jane has stated on numerous occasions that the defining point in her life was her year-long study trip in Paris, made possible by a scholarship arranged by Webster University Professor, Jacques Chicoineau (1919-2004). This turning point helped shape Jane's professional and personal pursuits.

Her studies in France paired with her robust career pursuits as an educator and as a cultural and civic leader are the mainstays of the financial support that that Jane and her husband Bruce have provided to Webster University for more than 20 years. Bruce always credits the educational opportunities that he and Jane received in the St. Louis area for instilling their interest in the world around them and putting them on a successful path. Bruce's advocacy for education, combined with Jane's passion for French, led to their creation of an International Relations thesis prize, and their decision to establish Webster's first endowed professorship in 2010. Jane and Bruce have brought Jane's passion to life by means of the work made possible through the Jane M. and Bruce Robert Endowed Professorship in French and Francophone Studies.

Since its creation under the leadership of Inaugural Robert Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Lionel Cuillé, Le Centre Francophone created an online hybrid course which concluded with a one week study trip in Nice, France, and a dual-credit partnership with Ritenour High School. The Center has brought numerous experts to lead discussions on topics of contemporary importance to French and francophone communities in a global context.

Le Centre Francophone also includes community engagement as well as human rights studies and awareness component. From engaging Webster's French students in the community by reading children's books — in French — to young students of the St. Louis Language Immersion Schools, to sponsoring and hosting The International Art Exhibition of St. Louis – Lyon Sister Cities, Inc., the work of Le Centre Francophone is positioning Webster as a hub for French culture and engagement in the St. Louis region. When possible, Webster's French students are invited to engagements for which Cuillé presents as a field expert and are introduced to dignitaries such as the Consul Général de France.

The financial support of the Robert Professorship have provided real freedom for Cuillé's innovation and allowed for the Center to accomplish much in a short time, impacting both the intellectual lives of growing cohorts of Webster's French students and countless others in the St. Louis community.

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