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Muriel I. Kauffman

January 1, 2019

Vice-President-Director Marion Laboratories, Inc. (Deceased) – Kansas City, Missouri

Muriel I. Kauffman’s career is a chronicle of ‘firsts’: first woman elected to a major Kansas City bank board; trustee of Union College and St. Benedict’s College; Kansas City Business (Wo)man of the Year and first woman “Mr. Baseball”… an award from the Baseball Writers Association! Vice President-Director of Marion Laboratories, developers and manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, health care products and laboratory supplies, she served the company as treasurer for twenty years. She was named McMaster University’s most outstanding graduate of the last 50 years and in 1985 the University granted her an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree. She and her husband Ewing M. Kauffman own the Kansas City Royals, upon whose board she also serves. The club won the 1985 World Series, becoming World Champions. Her outstanding leadership has served her community well, earning innumerable awards including the National Heart Association Award and as the first woman to receive the William Booth Award from the Salvation Army. She is a member of the University of Missouri Board of Trustees and in 1984 received the University’s highest honor, the Chancellor’s Medal. She now is Chairman of the Board of her foundation, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation. “It is important to help individual ambition to express itself in a framework of loyalty, incentive and intellectual freedom.”