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Mary Bruemmer in 1956
Mary Bruemmer in 1960
Mary Bruemmer in 1977
Mary Bruemmer in 2006
Mary Bruemmer in 2014

Mary Bruemmer

Celebrating Mary at 100

Mary Bruemmer in 1920


Mary is born on Feb. 26 in Madison, Illinois, to Ignatius G. and Adele Bruemmer.

Mary Bruemmer in 1939


Mary, a recent graduate of St. Mary's Catholic School and Madison High School in Madison, Illinois, enrolls at Saint Louis University as a freshman in the School of Education and Social Sciences, because at that time women were not permitted to register in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Mary Bruemmer in 1940


While at SLU, Mary was on the staff of both The University News (the student newspaper) and the Fleur-de-Lis (a student-run literary magazine). At the time she joined the paper and magazine, there were no other female staff members.

Mary Bruemmer in 1942


Mary graduates from SLU with with an A. B. degree in education with a double major in history and English. She takes a job with the Red Cross and later moves to Springfield, Illinois, to help set up Catholic Youth Organizations.

Mary Bruemmer in 1943


Mary moves to Springfield, Illinois. Over the 13 years she lives there, she works in roles for the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), Community Chest (United Way), WCVS-FM (96.7 FM), the Lincoln Library and Springfield Junior College.

Mary Bruemmer in 1948


Mary begins the first of several jobs in media and communications, including publicity gigs for the Springfield Public Library and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.

Mary Bruemmer in 1956


Mary moves back home and becomes the director of Marguerite Hall, SLU's first official residence hall for women.

Mary Bruemmer in 1960


Mary graduates SLU a second time, with a Master of Education, and becomes director of women's housing at Saint Louis University.

Mary Bruemmer in 1967


Mary becomes Saint Louis University's dean of women.

Mary Bruemmer in 1972


Mary becomes dean of students, a new position that combines her former role as dean of women with the positions of dean of men and dean of student affairs.

Mary Bruemmer in 1973


Mary helps to found the Saint Louis University Women's Commission, then known as the President's Advisory Commission on the Status of Women.

Mary Bruemmer in 1977


Mary is named Saint Louis University’s first Woman of the Year

Mary Bruemmer in 1980


The Student Government Association creates the Mary A. Bruemmer Award to recognize a member of the SLU community who made a lasting impact and exemplified dedication to advancing the student experience.

Mary Bruemmer in 1985


Mary's work moves from the Division of Student Development to the Division of Advancement. "She's one of the finest Jesuits we have." remarks then Saint Louis University President, Father Thomas Fitzgerald, S.J.

The Women's Council Mary Bruemmer Endowed Scholarship is established.

Mary Bruemmer in 1990


Mary officially retires but continues coming to SLU daily as a full-time volunteer for the Women's Commission, Women's Council and Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society, for more than two decades to come.

Mary receives SLU's inaugural Fleur de Lis Award.

Mary Bruemmer in 1995


Mary is initiated as an alumna into Phi Beta Kappa.

Mary Bruemmer in 1999


Mary receives an honorary doctor of humanities from SLU.

The statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola that stands in the Saint Louis University quad between the library and DuBourg Hall is commissioned and dedicated in Mary's honor. "Our Lady of the Way" near Fusz Hall is also dedicated in her honor.

Mary Bruemmer in 2006


Mary receives Alpha Sigma Nu's Peg Fennig Award.

Mary Bruemmer in 2009


DuBourg Hall's Mary Bruemmer Conference room is named in her honor.

Mary Bruemmer in 2012


Mary receives the Ageless Remarkable St. Louisan Award from the St. Andrews Charitable Foundation.

Mary Bruemmer in 2013


Mary, a Billiken basketball season ticket holder for more than 50 years, is honored by the Department of Athletics during a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Title IX legislation.

Mary Bruemmer in 2014


University President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., recognizes Mary during his inaugural address, calling her "one remarkable woman who is an inspiring example of what it means to be a Billiken."

Mary receives the Champion of Change Award from Women's Place.

Mary Bruemmer in 2016


Mary is awarded a papal knighthood, becoming Dame Commander of the Order of Saint Sylvester, Pope and Martyr

Mary receives the Community Support Award from the Center for Women in Transition.

Mary Bruemmer Plaza is dedicated at SLU's Spring Hall.

Mary receives SLU's Alumni Merit Award.