The Maryville University community is mourning the death of Mary Jane Stock Thaman, ’41, of Frontenac, Mo., who died Thursday from pneumonia complications at age 92. Thaman was well-known for her deep commitment to Maryville, her work with the American Heart Association and her involvement with several other community organizations.
A 2007 Maryville Magazine profile of Thaman notes: “Whether it was wrapping bandages as a Red Cross volunteer during World War II, leading the board of trustees of the American Heart Association’s St. Louis and Missouri chapters for many years or serving as Maryville’s Alumni Association president from 1968 to 1972,” Thaman was a lifelong proponent of the concept that anything worth having is worth working for. “If you don’t put forth effort in life, you’re not going to reap the rewards,” she said at the time.
Thaman was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan who started attending games on her seventh birthday. In 2009, about 42,000 people attending a game at Busch Stadium stood and sang “Happy Birthday” to Thaman to celebrate her 90th birthday. She had lunch with team owner Bill DeWitt and was given a personalized Cardinals jersey with the number “90” on it to mark the occasion.
Thaman is survived by her daughter Jacque Thaman Niekamp, ’66.
Thaman’s obituary from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch can be read here: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/obituaries/mary-jane-thaman-dies-supporter-of-heart-association-maryville/article_54bfc6fa-a158-5429-8ae4-4a9975d242c3.html