The University of Missouri–St. Louis will honor five of its outstanding alumni Sept. 16 at its 19th annual Founders Dinner at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis in Clayton, Mo. The awardees will be honored for their distinguished service to the university, their professions and communities.

The five individuals receiving 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards are:

Cheryle Dyle-Palmer earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology at UMSL in 1974 and 1976 respectively. Since 2002, she has served as chief operating officer of Parents as Teachers in St. Louis.

Norman L. Eaker earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UMSL in 1977. He joined Edward Jones in 1981, became general partner in 1984 and now serves as chief administrative officer.

Charles E. Hoffman earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from UMSL in 1974 and 1976 respectively and became a pioneer in the wireless communication industry. He is the retired president and CEO of Covad Communications Group and is actively involved in the fundraising efforts for a new College of Business Administration building.

Harry K. Ratliff earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UMSL in 1972. He is vice president and wealth management advisor at Merrill Lynch in Clayton, Mo., and serves as president of the UMSL College of Business Administration Alumni Board.

Don C. Winter earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics at UMSL in 1977 and 1980 respectively. He is currently vice president for flight and systems technologies at the Boeing Company.

The Founders Dinner begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:15 p.m. A program follows with the presentation of the Des and Mary Ann Lee Medal for Philanthropy and recognition of the university’s donors, faculty and staff in addition to the alumni awards. Tickets for the dinner are $60 per person and reservations are required. For reservations online visit or call 314-516-5490. The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis is located at 100 Carondelet Plaza in Clayton, Mo.

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