Saint Louis University

Women of The Year 2006

2006 Women of the Year Luncheon
April 6th
College Church Ballroom

Five Outstanding Saint Louis University Women were honored at the Annual Women's Commission luncheon on Thursday, April 6th. They were nominated for their commitment, dedication, and service to others, and they represent all facets of the University community.

 Women of the Year - 2006


From left: Provost Joe Weixlmann, honorees, Debra Kruger, Kay Barnes, Mary Boles, Peggy Edwards, Rebecca Kuntz and University President, Father Lawrence Biondi


Peggy Edwards, M.A., MT, (ASCP)
Assistant Dean of Administration and Student Affairs

For 32 years, Peggy has been a contributing part of the University community, first in her role as faculty member and later as chair of the department of clinical laboratory sciences, still later as assistant dean. She nurtures, encourages, supports, and leads by her selfless acts of service, both personally and professionally. Her commitment to the mission of the University is apparent in reading her long and diverse list of service activities. In each role, she demonstrated vision, competence, and collaborative leadership. A chosen mentor, respected teacher, capable administrator, she is widely respected and admired.


Rebecca Kuntz Willits, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Known for integrating research into her classroom, Dr. Willits has been recognized for providing opportunities for undergraduate students to gain valuable experience by working in her laboratory. She has been described as a “highly effective and challenging instructor.” She is committed to outreach and service, a trait which she passes on to her students, in involvement which extends far beyond the classroom. She has been a valuable asset to the developing department of biomedical engineering, which has recently added a doctoral program. Last month, she was named “Professor of the Year” by the Carnegie Foundation.


Kathleen (Kay) Barnes
Director of Stewardship

A University employee for more than fifteen years, Kay is a key with donors and friends of the University through the DuBourg Society, the Women’s Council, and scholarship sponsor programs. Openly generous and compassionate, she is actively involved in campus programs, such as Helping Our Own, and she has personal commitments to individuals and groups outside the campus community. She is committed to recycling and environmental causes, as well as women’s issues, especially heath-she is a triathlon participant and bikes and hikes for charitable causes.  


Mary Boles, Administrative Assistant

A “cornerstone” of the theology department, Mary is the source of information and of caring service to the faculty and students of the department. Multi-tasking could have originated with her. She is familiar with the University and its resources, so she can pick up the phone to reach the needed help. Her work with the Mev Puleo scholarship program and the complications, which can arise when a group of students spends two months in Nicaragua, is an example of her painstaking attention to detail. Mary spends her Saturdays doing community service in her south city neighborhood, of which she is very proud. 


Debra Krueger, Master’s Candidate in Physical Therapy

Now in her fifth year of the master of physical therapy program, Debra has become an example of what the faculty and staff hope every student of Saint Louis University will achieve: a high scholastic record indicating a love of learning, a mastery of skills for chosen profession, social competence and leadership involvement, and a deep spiritual life which carries over to others. 

Having served on a variety of campus activities and boards in leadership roles, she is also active in intramurals and has provided leadership for Encounter Christ retreats, while being employed as a physical therapy aide l2 hours a week. She is a person of high energy, motivation, organization, loyalty, compassion and determination - surely “A Woman for Others.”

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