Jerry Poppleston

Jerry Poppleston

In recognition of the life and legacy of Jerry Dale Poppleston, CE’70, his sister, Lynn A. Clayberg, has generously chosen to establish an endowed scholarship at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

The Jerry D. Poppleston Memorial Scholarship endowment honors the memory of an alumnus who earned his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology) in 1970.

After graduating, Poppleston went on to a distinguished career in the public and private sectors, working for the Illinois Department of Transportation, and for engineering and construction firms in Chicago and Peoria, Illinois. His contributions span the globe, from the Illinois interstate and highway system to major infrastructure developments in Kuwait and Turkey.

After his retirement, Poppleston continued to travel extensively. He died on March 13, 2015.

Now, in tribute to her brother and his lifelong pride as a Rolla graduate and Miner, Lynn Clayberg has chosen to establish a scholarship endowment in his name. A retired teacher who taught math at the middle school level, Clayberg is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. She is active in her church, PEO and as a volunteer for the Fulton County Health Department.

Through the permanent source of funding provided by the Jerry D. Poppleston Memorial Scholarship endowment, talented students for generations to come will have the opportunity to pursue their academic and professional hopes and dreams as Missouri S&T Miners.