National Churchill Museum
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, 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.
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.