Countdown to Commencement
Then-seniors Denise Umpierrez and Hreem Dave kicked off the “Final Fifty” Countdown.
Making s’mores on the patio at Alumni House was part of the Class of 2007’s “Roast and Toast.”
Graduates are all smiles at Commencement.

Look back. Look forward. Look out.
Seniors counted down the last 50 days to graduation with the “Final Fifty” celebration sponsored by the Alumni Association. Events began with a “Roast and Toast” on March 29 and ended with Senior Week May 8–15, a last chance to spend quality time with classmates before going separate ways. Senior Week, sponsored by the Senior Class Council, featured a float trip, a Cardinals game, Senior Night Out, Return to the Forty, and more. The countdown culminated with the Chancellor’s Dinner and the Senior Gala. Welcome to our newest alumni—the Class of 2007!


Eliot Society Recognizes One of
St. Louis’ Leading Citizens

The William Greenleaf Eliot Society presented the 2007 “Search” Award, its highest honor, to Charles F. Knight at the Society’s annual dinner on April 26.

Chancellor Wrighton (left) presented the "Search" Award to Chuck Knight. The award is a replica of Professor Emeritus Heikki Seppä's sculpture representing the unending pursuit of truth and knowledge.

Charles F. Knight is chairman emeritus of Emerson, a technology-based global manufacturing company with headquarters in St. Louis. In 1973, at age 37, he was named chief executive officer of Emerson, making him at that time the youngest CEO of any billion-dollar U.S. corporation. He became chairman in 1974.

During his 27 years as CEO, Knight spearheaded Emerson’s evolution from a domestic manufacturer to a leading global technology and solutions provider. Emerson’s record of increased earnings per share and increased dividends for each year of Knight’s term as CEO is among the longest for consistent performance in U.S. business. He stepped down as CEO in 2000 and retired as chairman in 2004.

Knight has been widely recognized for his management expertise, including in Fortune, Forbes, and numerous other business publications. He was named Chief Executive of the Year by Chief Executive magazine in 1987—the second year the publication presented the award. In 2000, he was inducted into the Junior Achievement National Business Hall of Fame.

Knight earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and an M.B.A. from Cornell University. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Washington University. He serves on the boards of Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc. and AT&T Inc., and he has served on a number of boards including Emerson; BP, plc; IBM; Caterpillar; and Baxter International.

He served as a trustee of the Olin Foundation in New York, and was recognized as a Robert S. Hatfield Fellow in Economic Education by Cornell University.

Active in numerous St. Louis philanthropic activities for more than 30 years, he served 13 years as a trustee of Washington University. The Olin Business School at Washington University opened the Charles F. Knight Executive Education Center in 2001, recognizing his many years of support for the School and for Washington University. Together, he and his wife, Joanne, later established the Charles F. and Joanne Knight Distinguished Directorship in Executive Education.

Charles Knight chairs the National Council of the Olin Business School and serves on the National Council of the School of Medicine, where he and his wife established the Charles F. and Joanne Knight Distinguished Professorship in Orthopaedic Surgery. The Joanne Knight Breast Health Center and Breast Cancer Program were dedicated in April 2007 in appreciation of the generosity and leadership of the Knights in supporting advancements in breast cancer research, patient care, and community outreach at the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center. The Knights also are launching a new initiative this year to provide long-term support to the Washington University School of Medicine to help fund Alzheimer’s research.

After guiding Barnes-Jewish Hospital through a number of significant changes to better serve the health-care needs of the St. Louis community, Charles Knight was named emeritus chair for life of the institution. He served as chairman of Barnes Hospital from 1991 to 1995, helping to create Barnes-Jewish Hospital in 1992 and to engineer the formation of BJC Health System, now known as BJC Healthcare, in 1993. He served as board chairman of the BJC System from 1993 to 1998, and continued to serve on the board of Barnes-Jewish Hospital from 1996 to 1998. In 2002, Barnes-Jewish Hospital unveiled its Charles F. Knight Emergency and Trauma Center.

In addition, Knight has served as president and chairman of Civic Progress, as a trustee of the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Saint Louis Symphony society, and as a member of the executive board of the St. Louis Area Council/Boy Scouts of America. He has led fundraising efforts to support the St. Louis Public Schools, the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis, Junior Achievement of the Mississippi Valley, the Mathews-Dickey Boys Club, and the Annie Malone Children and Family Service Center, and he has established college scholarship programs for the economically disadvantaged.

The Knights’ long history of generosity and support has had a profound impact on the St. Louis region and its people.

Reunion 2007

Coming Back and
Giving Back

A very special thank you to the undergraduate Reunion classes for their generosity. As of May 18, gifts and pledges from 2007 Reunion alumni totaled $8.3 million, surpassing last year by $1.7 million. The 45th Reunion Class of 1962 won the trophy awarded each year to the class with the greatest increase in its four-year participation average.

A record-breaking 1,526 alumni returned to the Danforth Campus for Reunions this spring. Thank you to every graduate who contributed to make Reunion 2007 a wonderful weekend and a great success! Watch for photos and more in the spring 2008 issue.