The Estate of Aaron Greenberg and Zelda Greenberg

The Estate of Aaron Greenberg and Zelda Greenberg

Through their generous estate gifts, alumnus Aaron J. Greenberg, and his sister, Zelda A. Greenberg, have chosen to establish The David X., Sarah M., Aaron J. and Zelda A. Greenberg Scholarship Endowment, an endowed fund honoring the memory of their parents, David X. and Sarah M. Greenberg, as well as the Greenberg family’s longstanding relationship with Missouri S&T, where both father and son earned their engineering degrees.

David Greenberg, a native of Kirkwood, Missouri, graduated from the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy in 1917 with a degree in mining engineering. A member of the Engineers Club, an active participant in the school’s early St. Pat’s celebrations and an enthusiastic spelunker, David went on to become a successful engineer, community leader and philanthropist in St. Louis, Missouri, where he and his wife, Sarah, raised two children, Aaron and Zelda.

A second-generation S&T alumnus, Aaron grew up hearing stories about his father’s alma mater and visited Rolla many times as a boy. After graduating from Missouri S&T in 1950 with a degree in civil engineering, Aaron returned to St. Louis and worked as an engineer for St. Louis County for many years. His sister, Zelda, who graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in journalism, also returned to St. Louis, and both siblings became community leaders and philanthropists who generously gave back in many ways.

A passionate ambassador for the engineering vocation, Aaron was active in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and chaired the St. Louis Section’s career guidance committee for many years. In this role, he attended career fairs, visited schools and encouraged the next generation of civil engineers. He also established an Engineers Club of St. Louis Scholarship, which is awarded to engineering students from St. Louis attending Missouri S&T.

Aaron’s commitment to Missouri S&T was legendary. He was one of the Miner Alumni Association’s most dedicated members, serving as an admissions ambassador, public resource ambassador and class coordinator. Aaron rarely missed a Homecoming or annual spring scholarship banquet. His leadership was instrumental to the success of the Class of 1950 Golden Alumni Reunion and Class of 1950 Scholarship Fund. Aaron was also a generous and loyal financial contributor who supported the civil engineering department and alumni association with annual gifts for more than 30 years.

The Miner Alumni Association honored Aaron for his extraordinary service to Missouri S&T with the Alumni Merit Award in October 2009, just days before his death. In 2010, the American Society of Civil Engineers established a summer camp scholarship in memory of Aaron through the Miner Alumni Association.

Zelda also enjoyed a lifelong connection to Missouri S&T, sharing the close ties her father and brother maintained with the university. She died in January 2012. Through the generosity of Aaron and Zelda, The David X., Sarah M., Aaron J. and Zelda A. Greenberg Scholarship Endowment Fund will provide aspiring engineers for generations to come with the opportunity to study at Missouri S&T.