Gathering Spaces: New Mary Ann Lee Plaza Dedicated

| April 22, 2013

The new Mary Ann Lee Plaza was dedicated on April 17.

President Stroble, Mary Ann Lee and Provost Schuster cut the ribbon.

The new Mary Ann Lee Plaza, a gift by longtime Webster University supporter Mary Ann Lee, was formally dedicated last week on the home campus in Webster Groves.

Webster President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble and Provost and Senior Vice President Julian Z. Schuster welcomed Mary Ann Lee and members of her family to campus for the April 17 ribbon-cutting to mark the new landmark’s official grand opening.

This beautiful new outdoor public space was made possible by the vision and generosity of Mary Ann Lee, who along with her late husband, Des, has been a loyal and generous supporter of Webster University for many years.

Mary Ann Lee and her granddaughter (left) chat with scholarship recipient and Student Ambassador Courtney Turner.

Located between the H. Sam Priest House, Pearson House and the newest building on the Webster campus, the East Academic Building, the plaza provides a desirable gathering space for students, faculty and friends.

Also within sight of this beautiful plaza are the Community Music School and the Loretto Hilton Center.

At the celebration, Stroble described the new campus feature as “a welcoming and inviting plaza that will be the site of informal gatherings of students, inspiring talks from visiting lecturers, and social and celebratory events with alumni, faculty, staff, supporters, and friends in attendance.”

Schuster added: “I am delighted that the Mary Ann Lee Plaza serves as an anchor to the campus master plan, providing a much-needed gathering space for students, faculty and friends.”

Lee’s friend Lucie Springmeyer shared her congrats in person and via Twitter with this shot.

Lee’s friend Lucie Springmeyer shared her congratulations on Twitter:

Thank you Mary Ann Lee, your new plaza @websteru is as lovely & welcoming as you!

Carolyn Kindle, Mary Ann’s granddaughter and vice president and executive director of the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, spoke on behalf of Mary Ann and her family.


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