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Benedictine College to Honor Stueves as 2014 Family of the Year

Friday, September 19, 2014

Each year during Family Weekend, Benedictine College recognizes a family that has been particularly active as alumni, as legacies, and in service to the college.  This year, the college is pleased to honor the Leo “Corky” and Molle Stueve family with the 2014 Family Award.  The family has sent more than a dozen students through Benedictine College and its founding institutions, Mount St. Scholastica College and St. Benedict’s College. They will be recognized during halftime of the Raven football game against Evangel University on Oct. 4, set to begin at 1:00 p.m. Learn more about Family Weekend here.

It all started with Corky, who graduated from St. Benedict’s College in 1957 with a degree in economics. Corky and Molle, who have been married for 59 years, then sent seven of their eight children to Benedictine. Today, one of their grandchildren is a current Benedictine student.

When asked why he thought it was important to send so many of his children to Benedictine College, he said, “I felt it was an extension of my family responsibility to put them in a place that would strengthen our traditions and Catholic values, and a place like Benedictine College did that.”

Corky was very active in the alumni association and is a charter member of the first Board of Governors of Benedictine College after it was created in the merger of Mount St. Scholastica College and St. Benedict’s College in 1971. He went on to serve as Chairman of that body in the 1980s. He has been a longtime agent for New York Life Insurance Co. where he has been a member of the Million Dollar Round Table and still serves as a mentor to new agents. He and Molle have been active in St. Anne’s Church in Prairie Village, where he has served as a Eucharistic Minister and CCD teacher. The couple served as leaders of Marriage Encounter, the Cursillo movement, the REACH program and the parish Catechumenate program. They received the Cross of the Order of St. Benedict in 1987 and Corky was honored with the Kansas Monk Award, Benedictine’s annual award for an outstanding alumnus, in 1983.

Their children populated the school through the late ‘70s and early 80s, with Michael graduating in 1978, Michelle in 1979, Therese in 1980, David in 1983, Patrick in 1984 and Bernadette in 1985. And another daughter, Jeanne, attended for a year in the same timeframe.

Two of their sons, David and Patrick, married fellow Ravens. David is married to Carlene Letcher from the Class of ’85 and Patrick married Janna Crowley, also from the Class of ’85. They are still represented on campus by their grandson, David Maddock, Bernadette’s son, who is a sophomore on the Raven Baseball team.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.