St. Louis Native John Doerr and his Family Honored during FIRST Championship

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St. Louis Native John Doerr and his Family Honored during FIRST Championship 

Gov. Nixon Addresses the Crowd at International Robotics Celebration

SAINT LOUIS – April 30, 2011
– St. Louis leaders attended and were honored this weekend at an international robotics celebration, the FIRST Championship, at the Edward Jones Dome.  

John Doerr, partner at Kleiner Perkins, Caufield and Byer in Silicon Valley, and a native of St. Louis, and his family received the FIRST Family Legacy Award this weekend at the FIRST Championship presented by founder and noted inventor, Dean Kamen.  Gov. Nixon addressed leaders to discuss the importance of supporting young people’s accomplishments in science and technology, and he congratulated FIRST students from Missouri on their accomplishments.

The FIRST Family Legacy award was presented in recognition of the support, guidance and passion the Doerr family has provided to the not-for-profit robotics organization for more than a decade.

Mr. Doerr, who was himself inspired by his father a mechanical engineer, started a FIRST team more than 10 years ago.

Mr. Doerr’s sister, Susie Mathieu, now sits on the national Board of Directors at FIRST, and the family has supported hundreds of teams and hosted a FIRST regional competition in St. Louis in 2011.

FIRST is a family affair,” noted Dean Kamen, “and the Doerr family has certainly made FIRST a success in St. Louis.”

“The City of St. Louis and the entire state has welcomed us with open arms, including Gov. Nixon and his administration,” said Jon Dudas, president of FIRST. “We appreciate the Governor’s continuing support and look forward to next year’s FIRST Championship in St. Louis.”

FIRST Family Legacy Award 

(From L-R) Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST, and natives of St. Louis Susie Mathieu, John Doerr, and father, Lou Doerr. Kamen honored John Doerr, partner at Kleiner Perkins, Caufield and Byer, and his family with the FIRST Family Legacy Award this weekend at the FIRST Championship in St. Louis.

  Gov. Nixon photo

Gov. Nixon speaks to FIRST students from MO and congratulates them on their accomplishments in science and technology during the FIRST Championship in St. Louis.  


About FIRST  

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and nearly $15 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC® ) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC® ) for high-school students, FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL® ) for 9 to 14-year-olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S. and Canada) and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious Professionalism is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to

FIRST andthe FIRST logo are registered trademarks of the United States Foundation For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST). LEGO® is a registered trademark of The LEGO Group.  

Media Contacts:

Cheryl Walsh, FIRST 
Ph. 603-206-2460 
           Maureen O’Connell,
Ph. 617-939-8330