Southeast Honors St. Louis Area Alumni and Friend


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The Southeast Alumni Association will present the 2010 Southeast Salutes award to three St. Louis area alumni and friends April 8 in St. Louis.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 5, 2010 — The Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association will present the 2010 Southeast Salutes award to three St. Louis area alumni and friends at a “Southeast Salutes” event April 8 in St. Louis.

The recipients will be honored at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Louis-Viking, 10709 Watson Road.

This year’s Southeast Salutes recipients are Dr. Bernard DuBray ‘69, Barb Eichhorst and Bill Gamewell ‘72. 

The St. Louis Chapter of the Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association created Southeast Salutes in 2001 to honor St. Louis area alumni and friends who have brought distinction to themselves and to the University through career and community achievements. Honorees come from a wide variety of career fields and educational backgrounds.

Participating on the evening’s program will be Thomas Meyer, president of the Alumni Association; Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University; and Lauren Kaletta, president of the St. Louis Alumni Chapter.

DuBray received a bachelor of science degree in education with a double major in social studies and history. He went on to earn two master’s degrees — one in educational administration and the other in secondary education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He received a doctorate of education degree in educational administration in 1984 from the University of Missouri-Columbia. DuBray is the superintendent of the Fort Zumwalt School District in St. Charles County in Missouri. He became superintendent in 1985 and is currently the longest serving superintendent in the same school district in the state of Missouri. While at Southeast, DuBray developed many great friendships and enjoyed living in Cape Girardeau. He has been married to his wife, JoAnn, for 40 years and has three children, all of whom have entered various professions.

“It all began at Southeast Missouri State University, and I will never forget the great start in life that I got from the University,” he said. Gamewell graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1972 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration – management. He received his MBA from St. Louis University in 1979. He began his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis before joining Commerce Bank in 1979. For the last 23 years, he has served as senior vice president in charge of the commercial real estate lending department. He and his wife Nancy have one son and two grandchildren.

“Southeast provided me a sound business education that prepared me to compete in the business world, and to succeed in furthering my education. My educational experience at Southeast inspired an intellectual curiosity that has stayed with me for nearly 40 years,” he said. “The extracurricular activities established a basis for community service and a well rounded life.”

Barb Eichhorst, the former Barb Seelman, was born in Belleville, Ill. She graduated from Deaconess School of Nursing in St. Louis in 1959. In 1961, she married Southeast alumnus Rich Eichhorst. They have four daughters and seven grandchildren.

“I do not think I have ever missed a Southeast Salutes awards presentation, but I never thought I would be a future recipient since I’m not a graduate of the University,” she said. “I have probably attended more University functions with my husband than many of the school’s graduates. It is what you choose in life that makes things worthwhile, and my time with my husband at Southeast has made me aware of what a great place it is. I’ve enjoyed every minute with the people and my time attending all that is Southeast. I hope I am a good ambassador for the University, and my wish is for my grandchildren to be graduates of this University.”


Barb Eichhorst


Bill Gamewell


Dr. Bernard DuBray