Community Honors Distinguished Neurosurgeon and Faculty Leader

Members of the St. Louis and Washington University communities gathered in May to pay tribute to Ralph Dacey Jr., MD, and celebrate the establishment of a distinguished professorship in his name. Dacey, the Henry G. and Edith R. Schwartz Professor, has led the Department of Neurosurgery at the School of Medicine for 30 years.

Retired real estate developer Edward “Tee” Baur initiated efforts to create the professorship in honor of Dr. Dacey, who is internationally renowned for his expertise as a neurosurgeon, educator, and researcher. More than 40 donors contributed funds for the professorship. Leadership gifts were provided by Stephen and Kimmy Brauer, Joanne Knight, Virginia Orthwein, and Andrew and Barbara Taylor.

“Ralph is a person of uncommon integrity, dedication, and ability,” Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton said at the event. “This professorship is a testament to his achievements.”