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Saint Louis University

Carl Koenemann attended Saint Louis University for both undergraduate and graduate school. During his time at Saint Louis, Carl studied Business Administration, Finance and Accounting.

Saint Louis University was founded in 1818 by Reverend Louis Guillaume Valentin Dubourg. The university has a long history – it is the oldest university west of the Mississippi River. It is also the second-oldest Jesuit school in the country. Its current enrollment includes more than 70 countries and all 50 states.

Saint Louis University is also noted for having the first freestanding school in Europe; it is located in Madrid, Spain.

The university was attached to the Saint Louis Cathedral located near the Mississippi River. Originally named Saint Louis Academy, it changed its name to Saint Louis College in 1820. In 1827, the college received its charter as a university via the Missouri Legislature. That same year, Bishop Dubourg handed the college over to the Society of Jesus.

After the American Civil War, the university purchased the site of its current campus – Lindell’s Grove. This was the site of the infamous “Camp Jackson Affair” in which citizens rioted against the Federal government.

In the early 1940s, Jesuit priests in the area began to challenge segregationist policies at local colleges. Father Claude Heithaus, a professor at Saint Louis University, delivered an angry sermon in which he exposed immoral behavior in terms of admittance to the university. By 1944, African Americans began attending the university.

Saint Louis University has been a pioneer in many aspects throughout its rich history. It was the first graduate school and medical school west of the Mississippi. But it also made history on the athletic field: the first forward pass in football history was made at Saint Louis. It was the first in the Western Hemisphere to off geophysics, and was the first to have a school of aviation licensed by the federal government. In 1972, the university performed the first human heart transplant in Missouri.