A Tribute to Louis Mund
“Doing something good is important. It just seems to me that helping kids is a good
cause, and Cardinal Glennon does a lot of great things,” said Lou Mund in a 2002 Glennon
Mr. Mund, who passed away on Nov. 13, 2017, was a devoted benefactor of SSM Health
Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital for 34 years as host of the Columbia Golf Classic. Future
generations of children will benefit from his generosity through his planning to bequeath a
portion of his estate to the hospital.
Mr. Mund was quiet, hard-working and successful. He grew up in Dupo, Ill., within sight
of the St. Louis skyline across the Mississippi River. He went to work when he was nine years
old, helping a farmer plant and harvest tomatoes.
During high school he took on mechanical repairs in his parents’ garage and at a farm
implement dealership. Then he was drafted and during the early 1950s he spent two years
repairing U.S. Army tanks in Germany. After returning home he opened a business to repair
automobiles, trucks and tractors.
His skills and honesty brought steady clientele and friendships with businessmen who
occasionally informed him of real estate opportunities. He bought a 2,000-acre farm and other
properties that railroads were divesting in small towns they no longer could serve.
Mr. Mund’s home on the Columbia bluffs and his river-bottom farmlands were part of the
Native American community. He collected Indian artifacts, arrowheads, hatchet heads, and other
implements) found on his property and assisted University of Illinois archeologists in research
that resulted in a significant book, The Mund Site.
He also will be remembered for his contributions to the history of SSM Cardinal Glennon
— the President’s Conference Room bears a plaque identifying it as “The Mund Room.”
In 1982 Mr. Mund diversified again, purchasing the Columbia Golf Course. At the urging
of a friend who served on the Cardinal Glennon Board of Governors, he began hosting the
annual Columbia Golf Classic in 1984.
He sold the course in 2001 but negotiated a caveat into the sale agreement. “The
extension of the golf event for Cardinal Glennon as long as I’m alive,” he said. “I’m pretty proud
of that tournament. I have no children. My wife had five miscarriages. I’m very thankful for all
my employees who helped make me successful. It’s given me some self-satisfaction to know that
I can share some of that success.”
The current owner of the golf course, Bill Hawn, is continuing Mr. Mund’s legacy to
SSM Cardinal Glennon’s kids. He donated the course for the 35th Annual Columbia Golf
Classic on Sept. 7.