Garrett Reuter, Lindenwood donor and local attorney at Greensfelder, Hemker, & Gale, will present the university with a Brother Mel Meyer replacement sculpture for the one that was recently stolen from the university.
The presentation will take place on Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. on the campus of St. John Vianney High School in St. Louis, Mo. Reuter, Brother Mel Meyer, and Lindenwood administrators Jerry Bladdick and Mary Radcliff will be present.
“The Glass Tower,” the Brother Mel sculpture previously on display outside the Welcome Center on campus, was stolen on Jan. 6 by two unidentified men. Although a reward of $500 was offered for its safe return, no one has yet to come forward.
“Lindenwood University-Belleville has shown a strong commitment to the community, and it makes sense for others to reciprocate,” said Reuter.
Former president of the Belleville Chamber of Commerce, Reuter describes himself as “embedded in the community” and is currently on a variety of boards for community organizations, such as Memorial Hospital. He is also a member of the management committee at Greensfelder, Hemker, & Gale, a law firm that services the Metro East, St. Louis, and the Chicago area.
“The support that we have received from the entire Belleville community after the stolen sculpture has been remarkable,” said Lindenwood Vice President and Belleville Chief Administrative Officer Jerry Bladdick. “Our campus is grateful for the generosity of Mr. Reuter. He has given us not only another piece of art from an incredibly talented artist, but has also restored a sense of wholeness to our campus again after such a despicable incident.”
The donation falls on the heels of the university’s recent establishment of a Brother Mel Meyer Scholarship, which will provide one Vianney High School student $25,000 to use toward tuition at Lindenwood’s Belleville or St. Charles campus over a five-year period. The student will be hand-selected by Brother Mel, who will, in turn, donate several pieces of his artwork to the university
“I’m very happy to do this for a student who needs it, and I’m glad I have the opportunity through this Lindenwood scholarship,” said Brother Mel.
For more information on the Brother Mel scholarship, please contact Mary Radcliff, assistant vice president and executive director of community relations, at (618) 239-6031.