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Haertter, Weinrich, Arnold, Schandorff, Salomon and Keefer: Honoring (Some of) the Greats 1926-2013

Even though the Burroughs campus has been dramatically transformed in recent years, the focus remains on what happens inside the buildings. Great teachers and coaches doing what they do every day - in the classroom, on the stage, on the playing fields and in the art studios - have a lasting impact on their students. Six of them, representing every decade since the school's founding in 1923, were recognized by donors to the Campaign for Burroughs.

Leonard HaertterLike its predecessor, the new Performing Arts Center is named for Leonard "Gov" Haertter, who joined Burroughs in 1926 as a fledgling mathematics teacher and retired in 1964 as still the school's longest-standing headmaster. In a history of Burroughs published for the school's 75th anniversary, Gov is remembered "dashing along the football sidelines, urging his boys to victory; or folding chairs with the custodians after an assembly, adjusting classroom shades after school; or advising maintenance men John Wesley and the young Robert Hill on the proper care of lawn and garden. The intensity of his relationship with every family, every child seemingly, became the stuff of legend." The first major gift to the new Haertter Hall came from the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Foundation, and was designated for a new assembly hall at the heart of the campus and school life. Dr. Barbara Olin Taylor '50 and her husband, the late F. Morgan "Buzz" Taylor, Jr., also made major gifts to the support the project, with Buzz giving his to honor Barbara and his three Burroughs classmates from Princeton.

Ralph WeinrichA gift from Terry '71 and Sally Schnuck honored two of the school's former teachers, the late Ralph Weinrich (music, Latin) and the late Wayne Arnold (English, theatre). Between them, they led the performing arts program for nearly 50 years. The orchestra pit honors Weinrich, who taught at Burroughs from 1933 to 1972, and the stage honors Arnold, who taught at JBS from 1952 to 1979.

Wayne ArnoldWeinrich inspired hundreds of students to raise their voices during his 39 years as chairman of the music department. He developed the Junior Chorus for seventh, eighth and ninth grades, and the Glee Club for the upper classes. He figured prominently in the expansion and development of the school's Christmas program, which continues to this day as a Burroughs holiday tradition. Arnold taught several English classes but was most closely associated with the school's dramatics department (now the theatre department), which he chaired for many years. Students who were either in his classroom or on the stage remember him vividly-his imagination and consummate skill were much admired.

Peter SchandorffThe Green Room in the new Performing Arts Center was given anonymously in honor of Peter Schandorff (speech and debate, history) by one of his former students. Schandorff, who joined the Burroughs history department in 1971 to teach seventh grade social studies and Asian and American history, stayed for nearly four decades, until 2008, and left his mark: as chair of the speech and debate department, which he largely built; as an early faculty sponsor of the Model United Nations program; as director of musical theatre in the 1970s; and as a college counselor, director of August Days, varsity cross country coach, announcer for JBS home football games, and guide to Burroughs families and their friends on more than 25 trips to China.

Wayne SalomonJon Hamm '89 named the Black Box theatre in the new Performing Arts Center in honor of his former teacher, Wayne Salomon (speech and debate, theatre). Salomon, who came to Burroughs in 1987 and retired in 2016, was chair of the theatre department and taught and mentored a long line of JBS alums who have gone on to successful careers in theatre, television and film. When accepting the 2011 Arts and Education Council's Educator of the Year Award, Salomon summed up his passion for the arts: "We need art because it humanizes and challenges us and puts us on the best, most certain path I know to the truth. Art in its many manifestations holds us up and holds us together."

Lee KeeferEquipment in the weight room of the new Athletic Center has been named with an anonymous gift in honor of Lee Keefer (athletics), who taught and coached at Burroughs from 1996 to 2010. As a JV baseball coach, B and C football coach and 7th and 8th grade PE instructor, Keefer was admired for his ability to take young athletes under his wing and cultivate the spirit of Bomber sportsmanship early in their JBS athletic careers. He also kept fans well-informed by taking on announcing duties during varsity basketball games. Keefer is the husband of former athletic director Skippy Keefer.

Recognizing educators like Haertter, Arnold, Weinrich, Schandorff, Salomon and Keefer not only honors their service, but helps ensure that future generations of Burroughs students will continue to benefit from dedicated teachers whose lessons transcend the classroom and inform their students' lives for years to come. Making a bequest through a will, living trust or life insurance policy can be a thoughtful and meaningful way to pay tribute to a Burroughs teacher who made an impact on your life. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Lane O'Shea in the Development Office.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Burroughs a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

Bequest Language

The official legal bequest language for John Burroughs School is: "I give to John Burroughs School, a nonprofit educational institution located at 755 South Price Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63124 and incorporated under the laws of the State of Missouri, the sum of $_______ [or the following described property or a designated percentage of my estate], to be used for its general educational purposes."

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A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to JBS or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to JBS as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to JBS as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and JBS where you agree to make a gift to JBS and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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