November 18, 2010
NEWS: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Drury Board of Trustees member Jack Shewmaker dies at 72
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 18, 2010 — Drury University is saddened by the passing of long-time Board of Trustees member Jack Shewmaker who died on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at the age of 72.
“Jack’s passing is a great loss for the nation, the region and for Drury University,” said Drury President Todd Parnell. “He has been an invaluable counselor for Drury and his sage wisdom will be missed. Our thoughts go out to his wife, Melba, and the entire Shewmaker family.”
A member of the Drury Board of Trustees since 1984, Shewmaker served on the Executive Committee, the Finance Committee and the Development Committee. He received an honorary doctorate from Drury in 2000.
“Jack’s death represents a great loss to the Board of Trustees and to the entire Drury community,” said Lynn Chipperfield, chairman of the Drury Board of Trustees. “His vast business experience and his strong common sense contributed immeasurably to our Board discussions, always helping us stay focused on the greater mission of the University. We will deeply miss his wise counsel, his friendship and his passion for Drury.”
The Shewmaker Communications Center is named for Jack and Melba. Their generous contributions helped make the state-of-the-art center a reality. He and Melba also lent their name to part of the Trustee Science Center development The Shewmaker Gates, which serve as the entrance to Drury’s campus from the south.
“Jack’s primary concern was always for students,” said Dr. Charles Taylor, dean of the college. “Whether he was mentoring SIFE team members, assuring campus safety or improving the facilities in which they learned, his affection for and commitment to our students was deep and genuine.”
Shewmaker retired from Walmart Stores, Inc. in 1988 after serving in numerous capacities including president and chief operating officer. He is also a former chairman of Students in Free Enterprise, Inc., which is located in Springfield.
Services for Shewmaker will be held on Monday, Nov. 22, at noon at Fellowship Bible Church of Northwest Arkansas in Rogers, Ark.
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