Daniel Webster Society Dinner Celebrates University Donors, Honors Jan and Ronald Greenberg

| November 26, 2013
Leaders, alumni, faculty friends and deans celebrate Jan and Ronald Greenberg, recipients of the 2013 Daniel Webster Society Visionary Award.

Leaders, alumni, faculty friends and deans celebrate Jan and Ronald Greenberg, recipients of the 2013 Daniel Webster Society Visionary Award.

Webster University leaders welcomed more than 200 of the University’s largest donors for the annual Daniel Webster Society dinner at Bellerive Country Club Nov. 15. This year they truly saw “a show.”

Keeping with an evening theme of celebrating the arts — longtime DWS members and art aficionados Jan and Ronald Greenberg were honored — guests were treated to a performance by Webster alum and Broaway star Ron Bohmer to close the evening.

Todd Kohlbecker, president of the Daniel Webster Society Board and a proud alumnus of Webster University, emceed the evening and welcomed Provost Julian Schuster to provide highlights on the year and leadership updates on ways the donor support has helped Webster University thrive. (President Beth Stroble was called away due to a family emergency.)

DWS members also had the pleasure of spending dinner with Webster University Student Ambassadors — student leaders who come to Webster from U.S> states such as Missouri, Illinois, California and Texas, as well as countries like Rwanda, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Sri Lanka.

Ron and Jan Greenberg are charter members of the Daniel Webster Society.

Ron and Jan Greenberg are charter members of the Daniel Webster Society.

Jan and Ronald Greenberg Receive Visionary Award

Jan and Ronald Greenberg “have made it their life’s work to share the power of art with not only Webster University but also the St. Louis community and the world,” Kohlbecker said.

Jan first came to Webster to earn her Master’s of Art in Teaching in the early 1970s. She ended up staying for 27 years as an adjunct instructor and director of the Aesthetic Education Master of Arts in Teaching program. While Jan was becoming an award-winning author of children’s books about art, Ron became a prominent art collector, dealer and expert, operating the Greenberg Van Doren Gallery in St. Louis and in New York. They became charter members in the Daniel Webster Society when it first formed.

They also began donating powerful and amazing works of art to Webster. From the Trova Gates to the numerous paintings and sculptures showcased in the Emerson Library, the home campus has been academically and visually enhanced by their generosity.

“With more than 150 paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture that have been donated to Webster University by the Greenbergs on public display, the students, faculty and staff of the University are daily recipients of a permanently enduring visual wealth,” says Tom Lang, professor of printmaking and chair of the Department of Art, Design, and Art History.

For the evening’s toast to the Greenbergs, Schuster was joined by School of Education Dean Brenda Fyfe and Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts Dean Peter Sargent in toasting them for all they’ve done for Webster and both schools.

Ron Bohmer was the special performance guest -- and invited a guest of his own: his daughter and current Webster Conservatory student, Austen.

Ron Bohmer was the special performance guest — and invited a guest of his own: his daughter and current Webster Conservatory student, Austen.

Bohmer Entertains … with a Special Guest

During Bohmer’s performance — a well-kept secret for many — he added a special twist by inviting his daughter, Austen Bohmmer, to the stage. She is currently following in her father’s footsteps by studying in Webster’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts.

A member of the very first graduating class of Musical Theatre majors from Webster University, Ron Bohmer has had many starring roles on Broadway and national tours, including playing The Phantom in The Phantom Of The Opera.

He is a Jefferson Award nominee, a National Broadway Theatre Award nominee, a Barrymore Award Nominee, a Los Angeles Robby Award winner, an Acclaim Award winner and a St. Louis Theatre Critics Circle Award winner for Best Actor.

Though Bohmer is currently on tour starring as the prophet Joseph Smith in the most popular show in the U.S., The Book of Mormon, he took a night off tour just to be at the dinner and help celebrate Webster.

Read more and view more photos of the event at blacktie-missouri.

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