In 1924, Anna Backer wanted to remember her husband in a lasting way. George Backer was an 1869 graduate of SLUH (formerly known as St. Louis Academy). In his memory, Anna gifted the school a new facility at its current location on Oakland Avenue.
Today, the Backer Memorial stands as a living tribute and wellspring of generosity. All SLUH alumni have benefited from the Backer Family, particularly through scholarship assistance. The Backers have provided SLUH with needed support for many years; however, the school has long since outgrown the ability of the Backer Fund alone to sustain itself.
Our needs, like those of every leading institution, have grown significantly. SLUH relies on the generosity of its donors to preserve its rich tradition. You can continue this legacy for future generations of students through planned giving.
She grasped the oft-forgotten truth that sound education
means the training of the soul, the building of a character, the
fashioning of a man, the equipping of youth to become worthy
citizens of their earthly country, without ever ceasing to be
faithful members to that eternal City of God; and in this
realization she made her splendid gift of
St. Louis University High School.
From the eulogy of Mrs. Anna Backer,
Given by Fr. William Robison, S.J.
An Invitation to Join the George and Anna Backer Heritage Society
Members of the George and Anna Backer Heritage Society have expressed their commitment to St. Louis University High School through a very special and important form of financial support.
These donors have named SLUH as the ultimate beneficiary of a planned gift. Such gifts might include a bequest and/or charitable income gifts, such as charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder unitrusts, charitable remainder annuity trusts, or gifts of life insurance.
Once you complete your estate plans, please fill out our member profile form to let us know. We would like to thank you for your generosity by including you in the George and Anna Backer Heritage Society.
Your membership involves no dues, obligations, or solicitations, but it does allow us to thank you and recognize you for the plans you have made, and it may inspire generosity in others.
Benefits of membership in the George and Anna Backer Heritage Society also include annual luncheons, invitations to special events and seminars and a subscription to our newsletter.
The most important benefit, however, you will receive from joining the George and Anna Backer Heritage Society is the satisfaction derived from making a lasting contribution to our long-term prosperity.