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St. Louis Walk Of Fame Inductees


Robert S. Brookings, Mel E. Bay honored



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From left: St. Louis Walk of Fame founder Joe Edwards with Mel Bay’s son, Bill Bay, and his daughter, Susan Bay Banks. Photo by Diana Linsley (click for larger version)
July 13, 2011
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Robert Somers Brookings and Melbourne (Mel) E. Bay were honored by the St. Louis Walk of Fame in two separate ceremonies last month.

Brookings, who founded the public policy research center the Brookings Institution in 1927, received his star June 23 at the northeast corner of Delmar and Skinker in the Loop.

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William Danforth, chancellor emeritus of Washington University.
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Brookings played a pivotal role in the development of the St. Louis region, not only founding the Brookings Institution, but creating what is now Washington University in St. Louis' Danforth Campus.

William Danforth, chancellor emeritus of Washington University in St. Louis, accepted the honor on Brookings' behalf.

Bay, whose Mel Bay's Modern Guitar Method series helped millions of musicians learn to play the guitar, received his star June 30 at 6178 Delmar Blvd., across from the Moonrise Hotel.

During a lifetime of 84 years, Bay made significant contributions to modern guitar education and laid the foundation for the continued growth and advancement of the instrument in the St. Louis region, the nation and throughout the world.

Learn more about the St. Louis Walk of Fame at stlouiswalkoffame.org.

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