05/23/13 – St. Andrew’s Chair Receives Lieutenant Governor’s Senior Service Award

ST. LOUIS, May 23, 2013… St. Andrew’s Resources for Senior’s System today announced that the organization’s board chair, Ralph H. Thaman, Jr., of St. Louis County, has been presented with a 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Senior Service Award. The award highlights the positive accomplishments Missouri’s senior citizens provide to their local communities. Thaman, who has served on St. Andrew’s board since 2007 and as chair since 2011, was one of 35 recipients statewide who were recognized for their contributions.

The Lieutenant Governor’s Senior Service Award recognizes seniors ages 60 years and older who volunteer a minimum of 25 hours per year. Thaman, who spends approximately 20 hours a week volunteering, was honored for his role in assisting St. Andrew’s and a variety of other local non-profits and providing counsel and guidance.

For the past six years, he has dedicated his life to helping to enhance the lives of seniors in the St. Louis region through his work with St. Andrew’s.  He explores opportunities to help those most in need, while diligently maintaining and increasing the organization’s volunteer base and helping develop fundraising plans and activities. Over the past 20 years, he has also devoted his time helping other organizations and has served on numerous boards, including two St. Louis-area senior housing facilities managed by St. Andrew’s. He currently serves on the boards of the Washington University Whittemore House and Eden Seminary, and he served as chair in 2012 for the Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery Property Committee. Thaman also is an Elder with Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church.

“St. Andrew’s is blessed to have Mr. Thaman volunteer his time, talent, skills and dedication to our mission,” said Mary Alice Ryan, president and CEO of St. Andrew’s. “The Lieutenant Governor’s office reviewed 150 nominations for this year’s Senior Service award, and we are thrilled that they recognized how instrumental Mr. Thaman is to St. Louis’ volunteer base.”

Thaman graduated from the University of Cincinnati, with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1959 and began his community involvement in 1965. He was a long-time employee of Anheuser-Busch, Inc. with various responsibilities in brewery and packaging design, plant operations and organizational development. Upon retirement from Anheuser-Busch, Thaman entered the field of academia as the Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities for Washington University in St. Louis, where he was responsible for all aspects of the campus buildings and grounds, including construction of new buildings, maintenance and utility operations.

For more information, contact:            

Julie Hauser, The Hauser Group, Inc. 314.436.9090

Ann Bannes, St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System, 314.726.0111