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Jacqueline Grennan Wexler

Commentary: Remembering Sister J with thanks

Dec 28, 2012

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 28, 2012 - At the end of the year, people frequently pause to remember people who have died. This is one tribute to a person who has a large impact on the St. Louis area: Jacqueline Grennan Wexler:

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 24, 2012 - As patrons enter the Loretto-Hilton Performing Arts Center for a performance, some may wonder about its name. Was Loretto the first name of theater donor Conrad Hilton’s wife? His daughter? A lady in black?

In fact, the 1966 thrust-stage theatre is a legacy of the Sisters of Loretto Standing at the Foot of the Cross. In the mid-'60s the Loretto sisters were indeed ladies in black — black habits and veils. However, some say a red dress is the reason the theater, a community resource today, was built.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 26, 2012 - Jacqueline Grennan Wexler, a noted educator and former president of Webster University who transferred control of the institution away from the Catholic Church, died in her sleep on Jan. 19, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. She was 85.