Karen Merritt Luebbert, Ph.D., ’60 - Education
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Among the achievements that marked Karen Merritt Luebbert's years at IWA, being a member of the Marian Choristers for four years, president of the National Honor Society in her senior year, and a 3-year survivor of Sr. Joseph Patrick's Latin classes are ones that come readily to her mind. Similarly, Karen remembers with gratitude the strong positive influence of such teachers as Sr. Patrick Joseph, Sr. Joseph Alphonsus, Sr. Mary Francis, and Miss Alta Royal. One of her fondest memories of IWA is the lunch-hour dancing that took place in the old gym. "What a great way to meet members of the other classes, to try your new dance moves without judgment of your friends, and to enjoy a great release from a morning of classes,” Karen said. "I loved being in an all-girls' school where we could be ourselves and achieve our own goals.” After graduating from IWA in 1960, Karen received her undergraduate degree from Webster College (now Webster University), her Masters from Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve), and her doctorate from Saint Louis University. For many years, she served as library director at Webster University and Eden Theological Seminary, working on many committees and holding office in several local, state, and national library organizations. Her contributions to the field of library science were recognized when she received the Ronald G. Bohley Award in recognition of her efforts to reach out beyond her own institution to promote cooperative activities among libraries. Since 1995, Karen has served as Vice President and Executive Assistant to the President of Webster University. She has served on the board of V-9 (an affiliate of KETC, Channel 9), The Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority, Midwest Bank Corporation, the Jefferson National Parks Association, and the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club. She is a current member of the Higher Education Center. She and her husband Jack have been married for 43 years and are the proud parents of Katharine Goggin, married to their wonderful son-in-law Mark, and grandparents of Allison and Shea.