Alumnus Brock Ayers Discusses Memories of President George H. W. Bush

Following the death of President George H. W. Bush, Brock Ayers ’82 ΔΤΔ was interviewed Dec. 8 on The Randy Tobler Show on NewsTalk 97.1 in St. Louis, MO. The interview focused on his days at the White House from 1988 to 1990.

Ayers is a retired U.S. Army Intelligence Officer who served on the National Security Council staff in the Reagan and Bush administrations. Listen as he discusses his role in helping with continuity during the January 1989 presidential transition from President Reagan to President Bush. He also talks a little bit about the Situation Room and the transition from jelly beans to M&Ms as the administrations changed.

Ultimately, Ayers says Bush always “made it a point to thank the Secret Service” and other White House staff members. “You never felt like you were in a servant role — you felt like you were a part of a team,” he says.

Westminster College, the National Churchill Museum, Bush’s two speaking engagements at the College, Fulton’s restaurants, and Ayers’ years of service to Westminster also were highlighted on the program.

Ayers is an active member of the Westminster Alumni Association and Board of Trustees. He also founded Westminster’s Blue Blazers Investment Committee and chairs the national Delta Tau Delta Investment Advisory Board. He works as a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors. Ayers lives in Ballwin, MO, with his wife, Laura Dierberg Ayers, WWU ’82. Three of his four daughters, Kathryn Ayers Wickenhauser ’11 ΚΑΘ, Caroline Ayers ’14 ΚΑΘ, and Amelia Ayers ’16 ΚΑΘ, graduated from Westminster. His fourth daughter, Sarah Ayers ’21 ΚΑΘ, is a sophomore at the College.


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Sarah Rummel Backer

Sarah Rummel Backer is the Director of Media Relations and Senior Writer at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. A proud Westminster graduate, Sarah has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and strategic communications in the areas of higher education, medicine, agriculture, and the private business sector.