When Walter, MetE’23, MS MetE’24, and Miriam Remmers said they wanted to bring big names to campus, they weren’t kidding. In 1979, Gerald Ford became the first speaker in the Remmers Special Artist/Lecturer Series. The list of those who followed includes Margaret Thatcher, Charles Kuralt, Colin Powell, Lance Armstrong and Wynton Marsalis.
Walter died in 1996 and Miriam passed away in 2006. Fortunately for UMR and Rolla, they have left behind a legacy that will continue to bring the world’s most talented and interesting personalities to campus for years to come.
Departments hope to bring top researchers in specific fields of study to campus by raising money to start their own guest lecturer programs.