Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary

6464 Chippewa Street, St. Louis, MO


John A. Works Jr.

August 25, 1944January 9, 2020

John A. Works, Jr. PhD, died peacefully on January 9, 2020 age 75 at his home, The Greystone in St. Louis.

Born 25 August 1944 in St. Paul, he was the first child of John A. Works, Sr. and Sarah Lorraine (Cumming) Works. He attended St. Paul Academy and Yale University graduating Cum Laude in 1966. He received his Masters and Doctorate in African History at The University of Wisconsin, Madison where he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship conducting his research in Paris and The Republic of Chad. In 1977 he became a founding faculty member of the University of Maiduguri in Borno State one of Nigeria’s premier universities. Upon returning to the United States he settled in the Central West End of St. Louis to become a tenured Associate Professor of African History at University of Missouri- St Louis where he retired in 1997.

John was a polyglot fluent in French and Hausa. He traveled widely during his Africa years in Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Congo, Senegal, and Morocco where he became conversant in Arabic, Fulani, and Yoruba. While in Africa he completed a book PILGRIMS IN A STRANGE LAND published by Columbia University Press.

Keeping his home in St. Louis, John spent large amounts of time at his family farm in Northern Wisconsin. There he maintained 5 large garden plots and learned 2 new languages Italian and Turkish, and hosted numerous house parties at Brothers Lodge for his enormous number of friends from around the world. He became a highly skilled fisherman, chef, and raconteur. His social events, legendary!

When John joined Trinity Episcopal Church in St. Louis it was a game changer. His affiliation allowed him to return to Nigeria during sabbaticals, this time as a missionary serving in the troubled Zaria region torn by Christian/Islamic discontent. In 2010 he met and eventually married the love of his life Howard L. Logan who survives John, along with his bother and sister-in-law, Robert and Ann Works of Grand Cayman, his sister and brother-in-law Sarah and Andy Freeman of Mendota Heights, Minnesota and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

John’s sly wit, academic gifts, and global sense of style set him well apart. His family and friends remember him with love and vivid memories, and we wish him Godspeed on his next adventure!

A memorial service will be held January 25th 2020 at 10:00 at Trinity Episcopal Church 600 North Euclid St Louis MO. Memorials can be directed to Trinity Church or the charity of your choice.


25 January

Memorial Service - Saturday

10:00 am

Trinity Episcopal Church

600 North Euclid Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri 63108


John A. Works Jr.

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Carol Cumming Schwender

January 16, 2020

Dear Bobby and Sarah,
Craig and I were so sad to hear about your brother's and our cousin's passing. John was a remarkable person, so accomplished, so kind to everyone. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Love, Carol

Beth Slama

January 16, 2020

We are deeply sorry of the loss of the love of your life. You loved each other well.
Sue and Beth

Susan Rogers (Cumming)

January 13, 2020

Sarah and Bobby, I was so sad to hear of Cousin Johnny’s passing. Although I hadn’t seen him in years or maybe decades I have many fond memories of my oldest cousin, on the Cumming side of the family. He was so genuine, kind and dedicated to so many causes and to anyone who was fortunate enough to cross his path. We send our condolences to the two of you, your families and to Howard. XX Susan and Bob

Rola Hajaig

January 13, 2020

Our family in Zaria Nigeria & Lebanon will continue to cherish the memorable times spent with Malam John over the years. His wisdom charm generosity will prevail in our hearts & minds ..... till we meet again sometime somewhere may his blessed soul rest in eternal peace 🙏