- Go Forth
Jim Onder ’82 takes a deep interest in St. Louis University High and has closely followed the progress of the Go Forth campaign. When he learned the Dill Center for Academic Success was just over $300,000 away from being fully funded, Onder moved into action.
Onder appreciates how SLUH set “a kid from Affton'' like himself up for success. He is passionate about the strong academic program at SLUH and is grateful for how the school served his sons, Jim ’14 and Jack ’22. The Dill Center for Academic Success caught his particular interest because it has been named by his former Cub Scout Master at Seven Holy Founders, Tony Dill ’57, and his wife, Donna.
Aware of the preference of the SLUH Board of Trustees to avoid debt for capital projects, Onder expediently made a gift of $300,000 to move the project forward. He wanted to mobilize construction so Tony and Donna Dill could have many years to enjoy the Center that bears their name.
“Tony was one of the few lawyers in our parish, and as such, he served as a role model to me and other aspiring lawyers,” says Onder, now an accomplished attorney himself and head of OnderLaw, LLC, the largest pharmaceutical and medical products mass tort firm in the country.
The J. Anthony ’57 and Donna M. Dill Center for Academic Success is a 6,300 square-foot space (in what was previously the old cafeteria) for School
Counseling, College Counseling and Academic Administration. The space broke ground in March 2020 and will be completed this summer as a powerful new resource for Academic Excellence in 2023.
“With a life dedicated to community service,” says Onder, “Tony Dill truly is a Man for Others.”