Donor Story: Dr. Mara Baun

Gratitude for her CSJ Education Inspires Charitable Gift

by Patricia R. Cassens, CSJA

Dr. Mara Baun is a distinguished healthcare researcher and scholar, having devoted a 40-year career to research related to endotracheal suctioning. An expert in the field, she was a leader in a number of associations, a mentor to many and a much sought after worldwide speaker.

Like many friends of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Dr. Baun’s educational foundation was with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. She attended St. Teresa’s Academy in Kansas City; Fontbonne University in St. Louis and St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul (originally College of St. Catherine).

One educator of particular influence to her was notable philosophy teacher Sister Rosemary Flanigan of St. Teresa’s Academy. “She was an inspiration and a mentor,” says Dr. Baun. “Her integrity and teaching of ethics became a standard I strived to live up to.”

With many accomplishments to her name over her 40 years, Dr. Baun was not yet finished striving ahead in the field of medicine. As an only child growing up in St. Joseph, Missouri, she had developed a strong bond with animals. Combining this love with her professional acumen and the CSJ call to the CSJ spirit, Dr. Baun was inspired to research the relationship between humans and animals

One of the first scientists to concentrate on physiological impact of the relationship between humans and animals, Dr. Baun’s work focused on companion animals. According to Dr. Baun, therapy dogs can be an excellent source of comfort, particularly for patients who may be having extreme memory difficulties such as in the latter stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia.

ldquo;Dogs are born listeners,” she says, “It matters little to a pet if the person’s body has deteriorated and the same stories are repeated over and over.”

Retired in 2015, Dr. Baun continues to foster the relationships between humans and animals as the co-founder of the Merrysong Kennel in Missouri City, Texas. She also is a breeder of beagles, finding her puppies loving homes at no charge.

With the same generous spirit, Dr. Baun has established a bequest in her estate plans from the Mara M. Baun Charitable Trust for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province. She does so with gratitude for the strong foundation she received, knowing that by building this legacy, she can help continue the mission that so profoundly influenced her own life.

Charitable Bequests

If you, too, are interested in helping the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet with their mission through your legacy, one simple way is by a gift in your estate plans called a charitable bequest. Your gift also entitles your estate to an unlimited federal estate tax charitable deduction.

If you are thinking about a bequest in your estate plans, contact Patricia Cassens, Executive Director of Mission Advancement, at 314-678-0329 or for additional information or to discuss different options for including the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in your will or estate plan.

As always, we ask that you seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor. If you do include the CSJs in your plans, please use our legal name and Federal Tax ID:

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province 6400 Minnesota Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63111 Federal Tax ID Number: 43-6000007

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