Marilyn Rudman Werner and Morton Thomas Werner

Marilyn Rudman Werner and Morton Thomas Werner

Marilyn and Morton Werner were both born and raised in University City, Missouri. They were avid learners and understood education as a means for advancement in life. Morton attended Washington University on a partial scholarship and graduated in 1950, majoring in business administration. Marilyn graduated Phi Beta Kappa from University of Michigan in 1956 and received a master’s in social work from Washington University, St. Louis in 1958. Morton established a career as a commercial insurance broker, became senior vice-president of Lawton-Byrne-Bruner Insurance Agency, and was a founder and managing partner of Parcel Insurance Plan (PIP). Following Morton’s death in 1984, Marilyn effectively managed PIP. They both created supportive conditions for their employees and fostered a work culture of personal connection and celebration.

Marilyn and Morton lived lives of participation and contribution to business, social, and civic organizations. They were deeply grateful for family, friends and community and motivated to share their resources with community organizations and individuals. Morton served as president of the St. Louis Chapter of the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters and on the boards of the Eagle Scout Association, Talking Tapes Association, and Temple Israel. Marilyn was an ardent supporter of reproductive rights and women’s empowerment. She contributed to the League of Women Voters, the Miriam Foundation, the Planned Parenthood Leadership Circle, and The National Council of Jewish Women.


The Egality Scholarship Fund, established in Marilyn and Morton’s memory, honors the ingenuity and industriousness they brought to uplifting the lives of others. Egality acknowledges the imperative of dismantling systemic inequities and accelerating an ongoing leveling of society. This fund is for students who are motivated to advance systemic change and contribute to a more just, equitable and inclusive world.