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IMSE faculty offices dedicated in honor of Flora, Stallmeyer

Dean Elizabeth Loboa and Don Flora unveil a sign dedicating the IMSE offices for Flora and his wife, Janet Stallmeyer.

Dean Elizabeth Loboa and Don Flora unveil a sign dedicating the IMSE offices for Flora and his wife, Janet Stallmeyer. Photos by Amy Parris.

The MU College of Engineering dedicated the faculty offices in the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department in honor of Don Flora and Janet Stallmeyer at a ceremony held Friday.

The husband-wife duo has been frequent supporters both of the University of Missouri and MU College of Engineering over the years, and they were particularly instrumental in helping the recent Lafferre Hall renovation project reach its full potential.

A photo of the silver sign honoring Flora and Stallmeyer.

Don Flora and Janet Stallmeyer have been fervent backers of the College for decades, and their generosity has extended to many other areas of the university, such as the College of Arts & Science, athletics, School of Music, among others.

Flora earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the IMSE Department in 1966 and 1968, respectively, before earning a master’s in Public Health — Services Management from MU in 1971. He later went on to found Flora and Associates in 1982 specializing in health care consultation and management, and later launched the Mid-America Kidney Stone Association — a mobile service specializing in using ultrasonic waves to pulverize kidney stones — alongside a group of physicians. In 2009, Flora and Associates received the US Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award from President Obama, honoring employers’ support of staff members during deployment.

Flora has been lauded for his career achievements and support of the College several times over the years, including serving as a member of the Dean’s Engineering Advisory Council and head of the College’s Public Policy Advisory Council. His accolades from MU include:

  • 2008 Inductee to the IMSE Hall of Fame
  • 2010 Missouri Honor Award recipient
  • 2011 Faculty-Alumni Award winner
  • 2012 Bud Moulder Award recipient
  • 2012 Arts & Science Distinguished Services Award Winner

“Alongside he and Janet’s tremendous generosity, Don is one of the foremost examples of engineering leadership the College has ever produced,” Engineering Dean Elizabeth Loboa said at Friday’s ceremony.

Stallmeyer has had a renowned career in the health industry, culminating in her retirement as the Senior Vice President of Schaller Anderson, Inc. — a company that manages preventive, acute and chronic disease services for 1.2 million people in 12 states. From 1992 to 2006, she was president and CEO of Coventry Health Care of Louisiana and Kansas, helping the company grow membership and build financial security while also earning accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Flora said the importance of engineering to the state, nation and world is why supporting the College of Engineering is so important to his family.

“The contributions that the university, this building, the College of Engineering and the Department of Industrial Engineering have on the state’s economy is almost unimaginably large and incredibly valuable,” Flora said. “[Janet and I] are honored to be recognized like this for the small part we play as the College tries to achieve the best engineering graduates possible.”