Spirit of Maryville 2018: Jacque Thaman Niekamp, ’66
Integral in linking Maryville’s past with its present, Jacque Thaman Niekamp, ’66, has always quietly gone about her work. Never seeking recognition, her steadfast purpose, strength of principles, loyalty, faith and integrity embody the values of the Society of the Sacred Heart. Jacque’s living legacy is her civic, charitable and alumni causes.
Jacque knows Maryville’s heart and history intimately having spent much of childhood on campus. She observed the deep commitment her mother, Mary Jane Stock Thaman, ‘41, had to Maryville and volunteerism.
As a vital member of Maryville’s Sacred Heart Advisory Group, Jacque played a significant role in developing a historical overview of Maryville’s founding and continued growth and success. She served on the 50-year reunion committee for the class of 1966 and was a longtime supporter of Maryville’s Sports Celebrity Dinner.
Jacque has served on numerous notable non-profit boards, committees, and held officer positions in her philanthropic endeavors. Most prominent has been her unflagging duty to the Sacred Heart. Jacque is a former Trustee of Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School. She has been Conference Treasurer and served extensively on committees for the Associated Alumnae of the Sacred Heart. Since 1968, she has been on the Board of Directors for Villa Duchesne-City House Alumnae Association, held several offices including President and was awarded the highly esteemed Très Bien award for her exemplary service.