Julian Castro Accepts George W. Lehr Memorial Speaker Chair
Former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro visited Warrensburg this evening to accept the George W. Lehr chair. This honor is presented to the headlining speaker of the session, and typically someone with a major national profile.
Delivering the keynote address for the week, Secretary Castro's address underscored the importance of MBS citizen's civic engagement. From the stage of Hendricks Hall, he reminded the audience to continue down the academic and career path that got them to MBS in the
first place. He outlined his path from Thomas Jefferson High School, to Harvard Law School, to the Obama administration and beyond. He then fielded questions from Missouri Boys State Citizens, who asked him about a wide array of topics ranging from the 2008 mortgage crisis,
to how his religious views may influence his policymaking, to his political future. To conclude the evening, Secretary Castro participated in interviews with student journalists which will be aired in tomorrow evening's broadcast.
George W. Lehr Chair
Many years ago, the Board of Directors of Missouri Boys State decided that it would be a tragedy if we let the memory of George
Lehr fade away. His life of service dedicated a fitting and long lasting tribute.
George Lehr started his young life as an All-State Football and Basketball star. After being stricken with polio, his body may have been
disabled but his spirit was strong and vibrant.
He personified what Public Service, devotion to family, and excellence in business is all about. With handicaps that would have stopped others,
George walked a path straight and true- County Executive, CPA, State Auditor, President of the Central States Pension Fund, and devoted Father.
His work cleaning up the badly mismanaged Central States Pension Fund ensure the members of the Teamsters Union a secure future.
His outstanding efforts were recognized in a Forbes magazine feature article and in a resolution passed by the United States Senate.
Success came Naturally to George Lehr.
At the height of his political career, with the Governor's Office easily within reach, George took one of many courageous steps and chose time with his
family and critically ill son over personal ambition.
In honor of his many contributions to the State of Missouri, the Missouri Boys State Trust established the George Lehr Memorial Speakers Chair in 1988 as part of the
50th Anniversary celebration of the Missouri Boys State Program.
The Lehr Chair was designed to assist the Boys State program in bringing the finest names in public service to the yearly Boys State
Session to interact with our citizens.
In 1954, when George Lehr was chosen to go to Boys State, we know now, it was an outstanding choice. His potential was real and that first
spark was struck right here at Missouri Boys State.
George's wife, Barbara, said: "It is at Boys State where George would like his torch kept lit."