de Tocqueville Society

Seventy years after Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau founded St. Louis, another Frenchman added to our very rich heritage. In Democracy in America, social historian Alexis de Tocqueville took special note of Americans’ generosity toward one another.

The de Tocqueville Society – named in honor of the man who recognized one of our greatest strengths and shared that knowledge with the world – was formed here in 1987. Composed of philanthropists who contribute an annual gift of $10,000 or more to United Way, the spirit of caring is ever-present in this generous group of donors.

Benefits of de Tocqueville Society Memberships

de Tocqueville Society members will receive:

  • Opportunity to give back to our community and region
  • Invitations to quarterly speaker series sponsored by Northwestern Mutual (dates subject to change):
    • Thursday, March 2, 2017
      Lunch – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
      Frontenac Hilton
      Guest speaker David Steward
    • Thursday, June  1, 2017
      Breakfast – 7:30 to 9 a.m.
      Frontenac Hilton
      Guest speaker Dr. Tim Eberlein (Come hear about cancer innovation in St. Louis)
    • Thursday, Sept 7, 2017
      Campaign Kickoff Breakfast – 7:30 to 9 a.m.
      Frontenac Hilton
      Guest speakers Michael Neidorff and Mark Burkhart, 2017 Campaign Co-chairs
    • Tuesday, December 12, 2017
      de Tocqueville 30th Anniversary Celebration
      “Past, Present and Future” – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
      For more information, email or call 314-539-4106.
  • Special recognition and invitation to the de Tocqueville Society thank you event
  • Invitations to exclusive events sponsored by de Tocqueville Society leaders
 de Tocqueville Society
  • Member Circle $10,000
  • Silver Circle $15,000
  • William E. Maritz Circle $25,000
  • Chapman Circle $50,000
  • Diamond Circle $75,000
  • Alexis de Tocqueville Circle $100,000
  • Million Dollar Roundtable $1,000,000

For more information about the de Tocqueville Society, please contact Kate Tansey at or 314-539-4108, or Jamie Clark at or 314-539-4106.

The William E. Maritz Circle

The de Tocqueville Society is honored to name the $25,000 level of giving the William E. Maritz Circle in honor of Bill Maritz, former chairman, president and CEO of Maritz Inc., and who chaired the de Tocqueville Society in 1989. As one of the first individuals to move to this level of giving, Bill’s leadership, vision, legacy of giving and love of our region – and the people living in it – will live on.

Bill Maritz’s Legacy

Born and raised in St. Louis, William E. (Bill) Maritz had a great love for the city he called home. His devotion to our region was evident in his community involvement, including founding Fair St. Louis, leading the renovation of Laclede’s Landing and chairing the Regional Chamber and Growth Commission. His love for making our community a better place for all extended to United Way of Greater St. Louis.

“As a lifelong St. Louisan, it’s comforting that United Way is there to help solve the problems facing our neighborhoods,” Bill said in 1999, when he received A Legacy of Commitment Award from United Way of Greater St. Louis for his commitment to the region. Bill chaired United Way’s de Tocqueville Society in 1989, the third year of the society in St. Louis. That year, the de Tocqueville Society raised $1.27 million, a 14 percent increase over the previous year.

Bill’s civic and community leadership was matched by his commitment to his family’s business, Maritz Inc. After serving three years in the United States Navy as an operations officer during the Korean War, Bill returned to the States in 1953 and joined Maritz as a salesman. After moving through the ranks at Martiz, he became president and CEO in 1979 and added chairman to his title in 1983. Those who worked with Bill witnessed his vision for the St. Louis region as well as the growth of his company, whose internal motto was “work hard, have fun, get the job done.” Bill embodied all three sentiments.

2017 de Tocqueville Society Strategy Team


Dr. Tim Eberlein
Siteman Cancer Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital
2017 Chair

Alex Borchert, ALTUS
Dayna M. Borchert, Ph.D., Colarelli, Meyer and Associates, Inc.
Sharon John, Build-a-Bear (2017 Women’s de Tocqueville Chair)
Merry Mosbacher, Edward Jones
James Mosbacher, Edward Jones
Kathy Osborn, Region Business Council
Elizabeth Powitzky, Edward Jones
John Stupp, Stupp Bros, Inc.
Cheryl Walker, Bryan Cave
Dr. Anita White (2017 Charmaine Chapman Society de Tocqueville Chair)
Dr. Richard B. White, SSM Health (2017 Charmaine Chapman Society de Tocqueville Chair)

Past chairs:

1987: Lee M. Liberman
1988: David C. Farrell, Charles F. Knight, Lee M. Liberman and Sanford N. McDonnnell
1989: August A. Busch III, Richard J. Mahoney, William E. Maritz
1990: Clarence C. Barksdale, Mrs. Stephen F. Brauer, Benjamin F. Edwards III, Sam Fox
1991: Andrew N. Baur and Ted C. Wetterau
1992: Sam Fox
1993: Jean and Wells Hobler
1994: Carol and George H. Walker III
1995-1996: Mrs. Stephen F. Brauer
1997: Sam and Marilyn Fox
1998: Andrew B. Craig III and Virginia C. Craig
1999-2000: Jerry and Peggy Ritter
2001: Mrs. Stephen F. Brauer
2002: John E. and Barbara S. Jacob
2003: Jack and Debbie Thomas
2004: Shaun R. and Kelly Hayes
2005: Mrs. Stephen F. Brauer
2006: Stacey and Jim Weddle
2007: Patrick Stokes
2008: Ward and Carol Klein
2009: Arnold and Hazel Donald
2010: David and Lelia Farr
2011: Rich McClure and Sharon Buchanan-McClure
2012: Doug and Lynn Yaeger
2013: Walt and Nancy Galvin
2014-2015: John Stupp, Jr.
2016: Don Ross