Biondi Portrait Unveiled at SLUMA Event
Approximately 200 invited guests attended the unveiling of a portrait of Saint Louis
University President Emeritus Lawrence Biondi, S.J., on April 27 at the Saint Louis
University Museum of Art.
Artist Patricia Watwood painted the portrait. Kenneth Smith, M.D., former SLU medical
school faculty member initated the project. Several donors, including Smith, funded
Current SLU President Fred Pestello, Ph.D., reminded attendees of how Biondi reshaped
the campus in his 26 years as president.
“He sought to make SLU more than a collection of buildings. He made it a home — a
home for students from all over the world,” Pestello said.
SLU Board of Trustees Chairman Joe Conran and former trustee Al Littiken also spoke
about Biondi’s passion and love of the University.
“It is that passion that makes his work a vocation and drives him to accomplish such
difficult–and sometimes thankless achievements,” Littiken said. “Most of all it is
that passion he has instilled in all who have worked with him. His love for Saint
Louis University and for all of us is Father’s true legacy.”
Biondi, who is continuing to support SLU in a part-time role in fundraising and international
student recruitment, said he was honored by the painting but reminded attendees that
his achievements would not have been possible without the great work of SLU faculty
and staff. Biondi said he believes many great things lie ahead for SLU.
The portrait will permanently reside at SLUMA, which Biondi established during his
tenure as University president.