(PRWEB) May 30, 2013
The National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, MO awarded the Winston Churchill Medal for Leadership to Stephen F. Brauer, former U.S. Ambassador to Belgium and Westminster College alumnus, at a dinner event held at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis on April 18.
The Churchill Medal is presented to civic and business leaders who exemplify those leadership qualities demonstrated by Sir Winston Churchill. Past recipients include Dr. William H. Danforth, Chancellor Emeritus of Washington University; broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite; John W. Bachmann, retired CEO of Edward Jones; and former British Prime Minister Sir John Major.
Keynote speaker for the event, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John R. Bolton, spoke on “Winston Churchill’s Leadership in Today’s World.”
Greetings were offered by Philip Barton CMG OBE, Deputy Head of Mission of the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. and welcoming remarks by Dr. Rob Havers, Executive Director of the National Churchill Museum. Dr. Havers also introduced Dr. William Danforth, who was in attendance.
The invocation was given by William Piper, an Association of Churchill Fellow and attorney with the St. Louis firm of Rassieur, Long, Yawitz & Schneider, LLP.
Among the guests were Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder; Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich; Robert Chatterton Dickson, Consul General at British Consulate General Chicago; David Kemper, Chairman, President and CEO of Commerce Bank, and his wife Dotty; August A. Busch III, former Chairman of Anheuser-Busch; James Weddle, Managing Partner of Edward Jones, and his wife Stacey; Andrew Taylor, CEO and Chairman of Enterprise Holdings; Mike Esser, partner of Edward Jones, and his wife Bettina; Larry Otto, President of Bank of America in Missouri; Richard J. Mahoney, former Chairman of Monsanto; Mary Randolph Ballinger, wife of the late Dr. Walter F. Ballinger II; and William Henry Trotter “Bucky” Bush, former president and director of Boatmen’s Bancshares.
Heading the steering event committee were Suzanne Richardson and Donna Wilkinson.
Brauer is Chairman and CEO of Hunter Engineering Company of St. Louis, which designs, manufactures and sells computer-based automotive equipment worldwide.
Born in St. Louis, he graduated from St. Louis Country Day School, attended Washington and Lee University and is a 1967 graduate of Westminster College.
He is Chair of the Board of Trustees for Washington University, a director of Ameren Corporation, a partner in the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball LLP and a member of St. Louis Civic Progress.
Brauer has served on numerous charitable and civic boards including the St. Louis Area Council of Boy Scouts, the St. Louis Art Museum and the Missouri Botanical Garden, of which is he a past President of the Board of Trustees.
He is married to the former Camilla Thompson.
The National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, MO is the only North American institution fully devoted to immortalizing the life and work of Churchill. The heart of the Museum is the magnificent Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, a 17th century Christopher Wren church left in ruin from German bombings during World War II. This beautiful house of worship was brought stone by stone from England to Westminster and restored on campus in 1969.
Beneath the Church is a state-of-the-art Museum that combines interactive technology to tell Churchill’s story through sight, sound and touch. In 2006, Chris Matthews, MSNBC commentator, was present at the opening of this new $4 million exhibition and said its ability to bring history to life in a dynamic, stimulating fashion was incredible and that it rivaled that of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.
Adjacent to the National Churchill Museum stands a sculpture by Edwina Sandys, Churchill’s granddaughter, entitled “Breakthrough,” which was constructed from eight sections of the Berlin Wall to commemorate the demise of the “Iron Curtain” that Sir Winston had predicted. Visitors may also enjoy the historic gymnasium where Churchill delivered his world famous “Iron Curtain Speech” in 1946 on another part of campus.
The National Churchill Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and every first Thursday of the month observes extended hours until 7 p.m. Regular admission prices are Adults-$6, Seniors-$5, College Students and Youth-$4, Children (6-11)-$3, and Children (5 and under)-free. For more information about the National Churchill Museum, visit http://www.nationalchurchillmuseum.org.
PHOTO CAPTION: Westminster College President Dr. George B. Forsythe (front left) presents a humidor with the Winston Churchill Medal for Leadership to former U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Stephen F. Brauer (front right) of St. Louis while Philip Barton, Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy, Washington D.C. (left background) and Dr. Rob Havers (right background), Executive Director of the National Churchill Museum, look on.