Whitaker Foundation Supporting Parks and the Arts
Whitaker Foundation Supporting Parks and the Arts
 
About the Whitakers    

Mae Meissner Whitaker was born in Bunker Hill, Illinois, in 1883. As a young woman, she married Lyndon C. Whitaker, a successful advertising executive. After living in California for several years, the Whitakers returned to St. Louis in 1942 following Mr. Whitaker's retirement. Six years later, the widowed Mrs. Whitaker moved to the Central West End, where she lived with her sister.

 

Mrs. Whitaker was an avid art collector and an ardent supporter of her beloved community. The principal source of her personal wealth was the St. Louis-based McKinney Bakery Company, located at Ninth and Mound streets, owned by her brother George Meissner and brother-in-law John McKinney. The company was later purchased by General Baking Company.

Mae M. Whitaker created the Foundation upon her death in 1975 at the age of 92 as a memorial to her husband and as a means of support for our community.

 
 
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