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2018 Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony


Saturday, February 10, 2018
Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Sunnen Lounge Webster Groves campus

Thank you, Scott, and welcome everyone.  It is an honor to be with you this evening to celebrate with the new Hall of Fame inductees and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Appreciation (SAAC) Award. At Webster we take great pride in our school spirit and Athletic teams and this is a wonderful chance to reflect on those who laid the foundation for Gorlok Athletics to achieve all that we have today. 

The Pioneer Award was created in 2015 and is an exciting opportunity to find student stories from our history and share them with a wider audience today . . . stories that are captured in old photos and yearbooks in the Archives, or remembered by former students visiting campus for their reunions.  It is the collective stories of all the students, faculty and staff who have passed through the halls of Webster since its founding in 1915 that come together to form the history of this institution, and, today, I’d like to tell you about one such story.

Tonight, we honor Marian Dooling McIntyre, a Webster alumna, whose dedication to the Athletic Association as well as to the field of physical education is more than admirable.

A Webster Groves-native, who attended Holy Redeemer Grade School and Nerinx High School, Marian began her education at Webster College in 1957. As Marian proudly says, “I went to school on Lockwood all my life.” While attending Webster, Marian played basketball and volleyball all four years, and served as President of the Athletic Association. She also played field hockey with other college students in Forest Park as part of the Field Hockey Association in St. Louis and even recalls a fellow Webster student from India who played the sport barefoot!

Marian graduated from Webster College in 1961 with a degree in Physical Education. She began her teaching career at St. Joseph’s Academy, where she taught physical education and health for seven years, and coached the field hockey, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and track and field teams. Because the all-girls’ high school athletics program was not part of the Missouri State High School Activities Association, Marian served on a committee to advocate for female high school athletics to receive the same recognition as its male counterpart.

A passionate educator, Marian continued to teach at several schools in the mid-west, including John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois, where she developed an adaptive physical education class for girls with special needs. Once again, she served on a committee of women who worked to allow girls’ athletic programs to be recognized, this time by the Illinois High School Association.

After returning to her roots in St. Louis in 1984, Marian became a substitute teacher for Kindergarten and eventually made her way back to her very own grade school to teach second grade at Holy Redeemer. Despite her busy teaching career, Marian still found time to coach her son’s 5th grade basketball team and instilled a life-long love of sports among her children, who now coach their own children’s teams.

Upon her retirement in 2006, Marian continued to serve as a substitute teacher and began volunteering as a St. Louis Cardinals Tour Guide. Along with a group of fellow retirees, Marian assisted in writing the Cardinals Academic Program (CAP), an education program for children in grades three through eight, which continues to be offered during the off-season as a field trip opportunity for schools in Missouri and Illinois.

As a Webster volunteer, Marian has served as a class chair for her Reunions and as chair of the Liaison Committee, where she worked tirelessly to bridge the gap between the Gorloks of today and the teachings and spirit of the founding Sisters of Loretto.

Marian, thank you for your dedication to sharing the importance of athletics and physical education, and for making a lasting impression on Webster University Athletics. As an advocate for equality, you have demonstrated that you are truly a pioneer for women’s athletics.

Will you please come forward to receive the 2018 Athletic Pioneer Award?