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The Board of Commissioners of Tower Grove Park

Tower Grove Park is owned by the City of St. Louis and governed by a special Board of Commissioners appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court. The current commissioners are:

Board of Commissioners
Robert W. Sellers, President
Jane P. Gleason, Vice President
Steve M. Kidwell, Treasurer

Shelley Donaho
James L. Fogle
Shelia A. Hudson
Michael R. Spotanski
Anne C. Stupp
Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson

Emeritus Commissioners
Dennis G. Coleman
Robert J. Gaddy
John D. Haffenreffer
R. Crosby Kemper III
Susan R. Lammert
Eugene J. Mackey III
Thomas Purcell
Dr. Peter Raven
Robert P. Stupp
Cheryl D. S. Walker

John A. Karel, Park Director and Secretary to the Board

The Past Superintendents / Directors of Tower Grove Park
During Henry Shaw's lifetime, he himself served as de facto superintendent of Tower Grove Park. Upon Shaw's death in 1889, James Gurney, the horticulturist he had brought to St. Louis from London, succeeded him, becoming the first official park superintendent. Gurney's son, James Gurney, Jr. assumed the position on his father's death in 1920. When James Gurney, Jr. died in 1943, his daughter Bernice E. Gurney returned to St. Louis to take on the position. On her retirement in 1976, Bernice Gurney was succeeded by Robert F. Denison. In 1987, John Karel became the fifth director of Tower Grove Park.

Click here for a schedule of the 2015 Board of Commissioners Meetings.

The Friends of Tower Grove Park Board Members

Laurence McCarthy, President
Janine Lawler, 1st Vice President
Louis Gerteis, 2nd Vice President
Dr. William Gilbert II, Treasurer
Kristin Byrne, Secretary
Patricia Midden, Assistant Secretary

Erika Ebsworth-Goold
Caroline Ernst
Thom Gross
Lee Kling
Mike Konzen
Erle Lionberger
Kevin McKinney
Willie Meadows
Debbie Monterrey
Nina Murphy
Erika Ottolini
Dorothy Soldavini
Nancy Suelflow
Jack Swanson
Linda Veregin

Lee Berger
Donald Bergmann
Delores Blehm
Shelley Donaho
Francis Fanara
William Schawacker

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Tuesday, November 11

Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 27

Day after Thanksgiving
Friday, November 28

Christmas Eve Day
Wednesday, December 24

Christmas Day
Thursday, December 25


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