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BOONE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY ELECTS THREE TO BOONE COUNTY HALL OF FAME

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The Honorable Ann Covington, Buchroeders Jewelry, Don Faurot

            The Boone County Historical Society’s Endowment Trust Board has selected its 2019 inductees to the Boone County Hall of Fame: the Honorable Ann Covington, Buchroeders Jewelry and Don Faurot.

            The 2019 living recipient is retired chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court, the honorable Ann Covington.  Covington was the first female to serve the Show-Me State in a number of crucial judicial roles. She was selected to serve as a judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals in 1987, named to the Missouri Supreme Court in 1989, and was the first female chief justice in 1993. For all this and more the American Bar Association recognized her as one of the Women Trailblazers in the Law.

               Covington has also been active in higher education. She served on the University of Missouri Board of Curators from 2013 to 2015 and has served for many years as a member of the Truman Scholarship and Mark Twain Fellowship committees at MU and mentored many law students.  In 2017 she was inducted into the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame.  She earned her juris doctorate from the University of Missouri School of Law and has been a Columbia resident for 51 years.

            The 2019 organization or business inductee is Buchroeders Jewelry. Founded in 1896, Buchroeders is the leading provider of diamonds and engagement rings in the Midwest. It is one of Columbia’s oldest, continually operating businesses. Mills Menser, president and owner of Buchroeders, is a Boone County native who purchased Buchroeders from his father in 2007. His father, Michael, purchased it from the Buchroeders family in 1971.  Buchroeders has successfully transitioned their business model from a traditional jewelry store into a modern, high-volume bridal boutique and through its purchasing arm, diamondbanc.com, it acquires diamonds and jewelry nationwide, and has locations in Kansas City, Charlotte, and is coming soon to Atlanta.

            The 2019 posthumous recognition goes to a pioneer in American College Football and a true son of Missouri, the late Don Faurot (1902 – 1995).  Faurot was a football, baseball and basketball player, coach and college athletics administrator.  Through those roles he had an eight-decade association with the University of Missouri. Faurot was the athletic director at Missouri from 1935 to 1942 and again from 1946 to 1967. He lettered in three sports at Missouri in the early 1920s: in football, as a halfback, basketball and baseball.

             Faurot was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1961.  His major contributions were two-fold: retiring the $500,000 debt through scheduling Ohio State over nine of 11 years (losing all of them) and most notably to the game of football through his innovation of the Split-T offense at Mizzou in 1941. In the post-World War II era, many coaches adopted the Faurot formation.  More than 60 years later, it is still in vogue today at all levels of football. Several of football’s most notable formations—the Wishbone, Wingbone, Veer or I-attack and others—utilize Faurot’s option play as their basic concept. 

             In 1972, the Tigers’ football playing surface was officially named Faurot Field in his honor. In 1995, he placed the final square of sod as MU successfully converted the stadium’s floor back to natural grass.

            The 2019 Enshrinement Ceremony and Gala is a dinner banquet and will be held on Wednesday, October 23 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center’s Windsor Ballroom.  Last year’s inductees were the late Eliot and Muriel Battle, Boone Electric Cooperative, and Norm Stewart.

(Some of the information in this media release is sourced from and attributed to Mizzou Magazine, The Columbia Missourian, The Columbia Daily Tribune and Wikipedia)

About the Boone County History & Culture Center

The Boone County History & Culture Center is a 29-year-old venue.  The Center’s main building is always admission-free owned and operated by the 95-year-old Boone County Historical Society and includes a museum store, a genealogical library and the Montminy Art Gallery.  The historical society also curates the Village at Boone Junction and the Maplewood House in historic Nifong Park.  The society is a non-profit organization that depends on grants, donations and membership dollars.  Learn more at BooneHistory.org 

# # #For more information, contact Chris Campbell, executive director, Boone County Historical Society at the Boone County History & Culture Center, 573-443-8936, chriscampbell@boonehistory.org