Eleanor Gershien, ’06, has been named a 2011 Ageless Remarkable Saint Louisan for her continued involvement in philanthropy, volunteerism and career pursuits. Gershien, 80, holds the distinction of being the oldest person to receive a Maryville degree.
The awards are presented annually by St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors. Explaining her seeming boundless energy and enthusiasm, Gershien says simply: “Age is relative to how you think.”
While studying for her BFA in studio art, which she received at age 75, Gershien participated in study abroad programs in Italy, Spain and Greece. She currently serves on the University’s National Leadership Council and is a member of Maryville’s highest level giving club, the Duchesne Society.
Still pursuing her passion for oil painting, Gershien serves as the scholarship chair for the Greater St. Louis Art Association and is a member of Chesterfield Arts. For the past 10 years, she has been a Senior Olympian and gold medalist at the annual JCC Senior Olympics in a variety of sports – including golf and the football throw.
Gershien’s real estate career has spanned more than four decades. She is a member of the St. Louis Association of Realtors and the St. Louis Regional Multiple Listing Service. She considers real estate to be more of a “calling” than a career.
The Ageless Remarkable St. Louisans awards ceremony will be held Nov. 6 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. For more information, visit St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors.
About Ageless Remarkable St. Louisans
More than 200 honorees have been selected since St. Andrew’s began the Ageless program in 2003. The goals are to recognize the achievements of St. Louis’ most dynamic citizens who are 75 and older; transform, enhance and improve the image of aging and older adults; and increase awareness of St. Andrew’s and generate funding to help low-income and at-risk seniors. Those honored have included philanthropists, volunteers, business people, teachers, media notables, sports greats, community leaders, and other seniors who continue to make a difference in the lives of others.