Saint Louis University

Friends, colleagues and family members of the late Don Brennan took to the golf course last Friday to honor his memory as part of the Second Annual Don Brennan Memorial Golf Hackers Tournament.

At the Links of Dardenne Golf Course in O'Fallon, Mo., many golfers braved the heat to celebrate Brennan's love of the game to continue his tradition of the Hackers Tournament.

"He loved golf and fishing," said Carol Murphy, who worked with Brennan for more than 20 years. "But I think he loved golf more because he never planned a fishing tournament. It was always golf tournaments."

A portion of the proceeds are going to the Donald Brennan Memorial Scholarship, which was established shortly after Brennan's death in 2011. For nearly 35 years, Brennan embodied the Jesuit mission of being a man for others, serving in a variety of roles for the College of Arts & Sciences including dean of the Graduate School, Associate Provost of Research, the dean of the College and faculty member.

"Don was the type of man who could just make you feel special. He was just one of a kind," said Murphy, who continues to serve as assistant to the dean of College of Arts & Sciences.

For many years, Brennan would organize the Hackers Golf Tournament and invite people from all over the university as a way for everyone to get to know one another. People would take the day off work and venture out to the Links to play golf, just like they did last week.

"It's a great way to remember him and give back to a great cause," said Cathy Zimmer, business manager for the College of Arts & Sciences, who played on a golf team with Brennan's wife, Marty.

"And in true Don fashion, there were a lot of laughs on the course. He would always say a bad day on the golf course is still better than a good day at the office."

Three of Brennan's four daughters were also in attendance at the tournament.

"We think it's wonderful that people came out in support of Don and it means so much that the proceeds will go toward his scholarship," Marty Brennan said. "We hope that this event will be able to continue for years to come."

One of the organizers from last year's event, Jim Swierkosz, M.D., died unexpectedly last month. Swierkosz had a large role in organizing the first memorial golf tournament.

"We fondly remember Jim and everything he did to get the first golf tournament together in honor of Don," Brennan said. "All of us miss Jim very much."

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Members of the Don Brennan family were on hand Friday for the Second Memorial Golf Hacker's Tournament.