Former Trustees Pass Away
Eugene F. Williams Jr., a member of the University's first lay Board of Trustees passed away Aug. 7, 2013, in East Hampton, N.Y., at the age of 90.
Andrew "Andy" C. Ries, a SLU alumnus and member of the Board from 1984-1996, passed away Aug. 3, 2013, in Seattle. He was 86.
About Eugene F. Williams Jr.
Mr. Williams was elected to the Saint Louis University Board of Trustees in 1967, when the University became the first major Catholic institution to give lay people and clergy combined legal responsibility for institutional policy and operations. Mr. Williams served on the SLU Board until 1979.
An alumnus of Yale University, Mr. Williams was the CEO and chairman of St. Louis Union Trust Company, where he worked for 40 years. He was a local civic leader well. In addition to serving on the Saint Louis University Board of Trustees, he served as the chairman of the board for St. Luke's Hospital, Blue Cross Blue Shield, St. Louis Country Day School (where he attended) and St. Louis Municipal Opera (The Muny).
Noted for his philanthropic efforts, Mr. Williams established a scholarship fund at SLU, and provided leadership support for the United Way, the St. Louis Art Museum and the St. Louis Symphony, among others.
Mr. Williams is survived by his wife Evelyn Neidringhaus Williams, four children, 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service in St. Louis is being planned for late September.
Andrew "Andy" C. Ries
Mr. Ries earned his bachelor's degree from SLU in 1950 and his law degree from the University in 1952. As undergraduate, he was captain of the Billiken men's tennis team. In law school, he led the SLU chapter of the law fraternity Delta Theta Phi.
After earning his law degree, Mr. Ries also obtained his certification as a CPA. He served in a number of leadership roles with the international accounting firm Touche Ross & Co. (now Deloitte LLP), including serving as the managing partner of its St. Louis office, as well as a member of the firm's executive committee and board of directors.
He was elected to the Saint Louis University Board of Trustees in 1984 and served until 1996. After his term on the SLU Board ended, he was elected as a trustee emeritus.
Committed to the community, Mr. Ries also served on the boards of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Dance St. Louis and the Missouri Athletic Club.
Mr. Ries is survived by his wife Mary Frances Thomson Ries, six children, 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.