Like other smart Catholic boys from South St. Louis, Thomas Landholt ’45 followed a path to St. Louis U. High that was well worn by three older brothers and many other talented students from Our Lady of Sorrows parish. Tom said the Jesuits challenged him academically, taught him to be a critical thinker and fostered a deep passion for music and faith.
After graduation, these values became the foundation for Tom and wife Rose, who raised five daughters and two sons, Thomas, Jr. ’75 and Douglas ’77.
Tom worked in the printing industry to provide for his large family, even taking music gigs at night, playing trombone for extra cash. Hard workers and committed savers, Tom and Rose believed charities, including their parish, religious orders and SLUH, should benefit from their accumulated assets.
A tribute to their work ethic, generosity and deep commitment to their faith, Tom and Rose made a provision in their estate for a gift to SLUH that would support the Chapel and Campus Ministry renovation project.
“The Landholt family is the model of traditional South St. Louis Catholic families,” says Peter Sharamitaro ’69, who married Tom and Rose’s eldest daughter, Julie. Tom and Rose’s gift will support the chapel, which welcomed Tom, his sons, his sons-in-law and his grandsons.
Sharamitaro reflects that “everything at SLUH revolved around faith, and when we had the whole school shoulder to shoulder in the chapel in those wooden pews, we understood the importance of faith. We need to make sure that faith continues. It is our responsibility to carry it forward.”
St. Louis University High School is grateful to Thomas (deceased 10/13/20) and Rose (deceased 04/30/19) Landholt and their family for their generous gift to the school. May the souls of these faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.