Rockhurst University Magis Award Honors Rich Grawer, '65

Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 5:15pm
St. Louis Zoo, Lakeside Café
Award honoree Rich Grawer.

Each year, Rockhurst recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the St. Louis and Rockhurst communities with this prestigious award. Join us in celebration of this year’s honoree, Rich Grawer, ’65

The evenings events include:

Mass - 5:15 p.m.
Cocktails - 6 p.m.
Dinner and Award Program - 7 p.m.

Individual tickets to the dinner are available for $100 per person.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available at the following levels:

Magis Sponsor - $5,000

  • Premier table location to seat 20 guests
  • Special recognition at the event
  • Listing in event program
  • Company logo on event marketing materials

Discernment Sponsor - $2,500

  • Table for 10 guests
  • Listing in event program
  • Company logo on event marketing materials

Ignatius Sponsor - $1,250

  • Table for 10 guests
  • Listing in event program

Questions about tickets or sponsorships please contact Ann Zanaboni at


About Rich Grawer

Rich Grawer, ’65, the coach whose basketball teams set records at DeSmet Jesuit High School and Saint Louis University, is known for his humble, kind demeanor; passion for sports; and solemn and spiritual commitment to the Jesuit tradition. Grawer is quoted as saying, “When you have a deep faith in God, you know every human being has worth and dignity." Even with all of his accomplishments, this statement alone explains why Grawer was chosen as the 2016 Magis Award recipient.

As a man for others, Grawer has touched many lives through education and sports. In 1965, he began his teaching career at St. Louis University High School, his alma mater. Grawer took part in the efforts to build DeSmet Jesuit High School where he led the basketball program to three state titles in the 1970s and set a record for consecutive wins (63) among large schools in Missouri. He was a dedicated teacher and tough coach who expected and received the best from his students and players.

Grawer went on to become the assistant coach at the University of Missouri for less than one year and then head coach at SLU. He led the team from the worst record in the school’s history in his first season as head coach to breaking the school record of most wins (27) in the 1988-89 season.

Grawer then worked as the athletic director at Clayton High School for 14 years. He continues his commitment to education with his current position at Infinite Educational Strategies, a nonprofit organization that teaches people about Medicare and Social Security. He also works with the homeless and those in transition from the homeless state.

Rich Grawer is an inductee in six Halls of Fame: Saint Louis University, DeSmet, Missouri Sports, St. Louis Sports, Missouri Basketball Coaches and the Amateur Baseball. He is also a member of Alpha Sigma Nu.

Rich and his wife, Theresa, have six children and 19 grandchildren.

Dinner Committee

  • Mike, ’85 and Denise, ’86, Bahlinger
  • Jim ’73 and Karen Castellano
  • Dan ’88 and Mary ’89 Charles
  • DeSmet Jesuit High School
  • Scott and Terri Goodman, ‘86
  • Jerry and Mary Grimaud, ’74
  • Tom, ’81 and Mary Hastings
  • Glenn, ’83 and Maureen, ’86, Heitmann
  • Maureen Herrmann, ’81
  • Daniel Holmes, ‘07
  • Scott and Kathleen Hummel, ‘86
  • Scott and Jennie Iverson ‘99
  • Larry Linkul, ‘75
  • Bill and Christine Newbold, ’86
  • Ron Pimmel, ‘74
  • Saint Louis University
  • Tony Soukenik
  • St. Louis University High School
  • Rick, ‘73 and Susan Sullivan
  • Reggie Thorpe, ‘71
  • John and June Thum, ‘83
  • Tony and Phyllis Tocco
  • Chris Klein Walsh, ‘73
  • Fr. Robert Weiss, S.J.  +

    Bob Grant, Vice President of University Advancement