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UMSL Retirees Association


SAVE THE DATE - JUNE 7.  The Spring Luncheon and the Annual Meeting will be held in the Summitt Lounge of the JC Penney Building on June 7.  Reception at 11:30 am, lunch at noon.  We look forward to seeing you there. The invitation is in the mail.

 JUNE 1 - Successful Event. Wendell Smith, Chair of the Retirees Association Activities Committee, organized a tour of the Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretium  and Lunch/tour of the recently restored 1800s Firehouse, now the Brick River Cider House. About 15 members took the tour and lunch.  Details are availalble here, and a photo of the tour group in the cemetery is to be found here, one of Wendell Smith and Mike Murray by the William Clark grave is seen here, the group at lunch here and in the actaul brewery here.  Additional photos are available on the Facebook page.

The Event held on Friday May 18 went very well. Organized by Wendell Smith, Chair of the Retirees Association Activities Committee, and Mike Murray, a tour of the "Headlines of History" Exhibit at the Mercantile library on the UMSL,had approximately 25 in attendance and most attended an optional lunch which followed at the Ferguson Brewing Company, 418 S. Florissant Road.  Click here for a picture and also see here or the Facebook page.

VISIT TO THE ST. LOUIS HISTORY MUSEUM TO VIEW THE CIVIL RIGHTS EXHIBIT was held on February 21 from 10 - 12 am.  About 25 members toured the exhibit “#1 in Civil Rights: The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis,” led by Gwen Moore, a curator at the museum and former UMSL colleague who provided a narrated tour.  For those who couldn't attend, the exhibit is open until april 15 and is well worth a visit.  Pictures are available of the tour group, the group on tour and Gwen Moore with Mike Murray.

THE HOLIDAY LUNCHEON was held at the Glen Echo Country Club on Wednesday December 13 at 11:30 am. there were 79 attendees and highlights included a presentation by Provost Kristin Sobolik and recognition of the service to the Association provided by Cindy Vantine during her 30 + years at UMSL. President Korr presented her with flowers and she received a standing ovation from the RA members. Kathy Falcon was introduced to the group as Cindy’s replacement.  Further details may be found in the minutes which are posted once approved.

Retiree Association Facebook Page

At the Holiday Luncheon, Secretary Clark Hickman announced that he was establishing a Retirees Association Facebook page.  The link to the page is  Administrators include Clark Hickman, Steve Spaner and Lol Barton.


The Fall Foliage and Winery Tour on November 2 went very well although attendance at 15 was a little disappointing. The group met at  at the Weldon Spring Interpretive Center in St Charles Co. and after refreshments, a brief slide show and a guided tour of the museum, proceeded to the Wine Country.  The group visited Mount Pleasant and Montelle Wineries. After lunch at the latter overlooking the Missouri River and the beautiful countryside, the group headed home at about 3:00 pm.  Some photographs of the event are available here.

Chancellor Emerita Lecture Fri. Sept. 29.

On September 29 in the David Ganz Lecture Theatre in the Anheuser-Busch Business Building, Dr. Blanche Touhill presented a lecture on the First 50 Years of UMSL History to about 30 retirees.  All present enjoyed a most interesting presentation.

Annual Meeting and Spring Luncheon

The Spring Luncheon and Annual Meeting - hosted by Chancellor George and Dr. Harbach - was held Tuesday, June 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the JCP Summit Lounge (the event has outgrown the lobby!)   Our guest speaker was Mr. Eric Rosenhauer, Assistant Vice President Human Resources, University of Missouri System.

Also at the meeting the following slate of nominees was elected by acclamation:

President-Elect:  Deborah Kettler
Treasurer:           Steven D. Spaner
Secretary:            Clark Hickman
Board Members: Joseph Martinich, David Ganz and Mark Burkholder

Attention Retirees:

Don't forget to join or rejoin the University of Missouri-St. Louis Retirees Association. The membership year is from June 1 to May 31.

Presentation of the UMSL-RA Membership Card grants the following:

Annual dues are $15. Or, for the most convenient option, join as a lifetime member for just $125.

If you are a new or renewing member, simply fill out and print your membership application (PDF 274KB) and mail with your dues check payable to the UMSL Retirees Association.

In June 2015, at the UMSL-RA annual meeting the membership passed a motion to accord a dues-free first year for new retirees. If you have just retired, fill out and print your membership application, noting on the form “New Retiree”, and mail today!

And, volunteer to serve on a committee - There are three committee choices:

Contact President Chuck Korr to volunteer.
Your help is needed to keep our organization going.

2017-2018 Retirees Association Board

(Updated after the election at the June 6, 2017 luncheon meeting)


Chuck Korr, President
Department of History

Deborah Kettler, President-elect
University Placement Services

Clark Hickman, Secretary
College of Education

Steven Spaner, Treasurer
College of Education

Lol Barton, Past President
Chemistry and Biochemistry


Mark Burkholder

David Ganz
College of Business Administration

Hal Harris
Chemistry and Biochemistry

Joe Martinich
College of Business Administration

Wendell Smith
Continuing Education and Outreach

Zuleyma Tang-Martinez


Kathy Falcon (ex-offiicio)
Human Resourses