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Founders Day 2019


 The Washington University Alumni Association proudly invites you
to commemorate the 1853 founding of Washington University.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Featuring John Goodman

6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
8:15 p.m.

Cocktail Reception
Awards Presentation
A Conversation with John Goodman

St. Louis Union Station Hotel
1820 Market Street | St. Louis, MO

For questions please contact Abbi Telander at 800-867-2586. 


2019 Honorees



Joann L. Data, MD '70

Jan Holloway, MS '83

Paul Koch, BSBA '61, JD '64, MBA '68

Roger L. Koch, BSBA '64, MBA '66

Steve Miller, HS '91, MBA '02

Stephen SandsBS '79, MS '79

Anthony Thompson, MS '99



Guy M. Genin
Jeffrey Milbrandt, MD '78

Brian Z. Tamanaha

Vetta L. Sanders Thompson


Philip & Sima K. Needleman 

Rodger & Paula Riney

Keynote Speaker


John Goodman

John Goodman remembers the day in 1975 when he left his native St. Louis for New York with only $1,000 borrowed from his brother, a degree from Southwest Missouri State University, and a dream of becoming a professional actor.

Today, Goodman is one of the most successful and lauded actors in the world. In 2012, Goodman starred in Ben Affleck’s drama Argo, which won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Picture. Also in 2012, the National Board of Review recognized Goodman with the Spotlight Award for his work in Argo, Flight, ParaNorman, and Trouble with the Curve. Goodman was also seen in the black-and-white silent feature The Artist, which won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Picture.

Among Goodman’s many accolades are a Golden Globe Award for best actor and seven Emmy nominations for his role in the ABC TV series Roseanne. In 2007, Goodman won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his performance on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. He also earned Emmy nominations for his roles in TNT’s Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long, the CBS production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, and HBO’s biopic of Jack Kevorkian, You Don’t Know Jack. He received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in the Coen brothers film Barton Fink. Goodman has contributed to more than 50 films, including: Flight, Atomic Blonde, The Big Lebowski, Kong: Skull Island, Patriots Day, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Trumbo, The Monuments Men, and Inside Llewyn Davis.

He has lent his voice to many animated films, including Monsters, Inc., Monsters University, The Emperor’s New Groove, The Jungle Book 2, and more.

Goodman’s Broadway credits include The Front Page and Waiting for Godot.

In his latest roles, Goodman has returned to TV in Danny McBride’s HBO comedy series The Righteous Gemstones and the second season of ABC’s The Conners.

His other TV credits include ABC’s Roseanne reboot, Amazon’s original series Alpha House, the BBC and Starz miniseries Dancing on the Edge, and NBC’s Community.

Goodman and his family have homes in Los Angeles and New Orleans.


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