Obituary of Pearl Greenberg

February 25, 2020

Pearl Greenberg, Ed.D.
Cooper Union 1948
NYU M.A. 1960
Teachers College, Columbia Univ. Ed. D. 1971

Pearl was born in Brooklyn and was a lifelong resident of New York City. For the last 10 years of her life, she lived in Oakland, CA near her son Ken.

Pearl passed away peacefully on Feb 25th. She taught elementary school art at Downtown Community School for 14 years and was a Professor of Fine Arts at Kean University in NJ for 28 years. Pearl was a past president of the North East region of the National Art Education Association (NAEA), and the author of 3 books on teaching art to children and seniors. She also published numerous articles and papers on art education and spoke at the annual NAEA conferences.

Her experience studying at Cooper Union was formative. She met her future husband Murray and formed many life long friendships there.

She will be missed by her son Ken, her daughter-in-law Clara (who said she was the best mother-in-law imaginable), her former colleagues and many of her students.

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Very sorry for your loss. Pearl (and Murray) had a huge place in my life ever since I was born nearly 68 years ago. Pearl was so kind to me and my daughter, Jill, and Murray made me laugh almost as much as my Dad, Arthur Klein, Murray's close Cooper Union friend. I miss all of them

Posted by: Sally Klein - Mt Kisco, NY - February 29, 2020

Pearl was dearly loved for her passion to so many thing. She was an extremely competent, dedicated art educator and a lovely human being with many interests and a kind heart. It was a privilege to work with her and get to know her in our years together as past presidents of the University Coucil for Art education. We certainly had some wonderful gatherings and many many planning sessions organizing conferences, symposia and parties. Those were golden years and still vivid in my memory.I particularly loved to observe her deeply rooted relationship to her husband Murray. Their respect for each other was filled with love. Pearl was generous and a superb teacher who mentored many, including me. I was privileged to know her.

Posted by: Judith Schwartz - New York, NY - March 1, 2020

Pearl was an important mentor in my years as an art educator and as President of the Art Educators of New Jersey and on the Board of NAEA. Her books and talks inspired me in the professionalism she "walked" and "talked" every day. She was an icon and will be remembered with respect for so many. Rest in Peace, Pearl

Posted by: Diane Franken - DAVENPORT, IA - March 2, 2020

It was an honor and pleasure to serve with you on the CU Alumni Assoc..

Posted by: Carmi Bee - New York, NY - March 4, 2020

Dr. Pearl Greenberg was a lifelong mentor to me! She guided my art education skillset and was instrumental in assisting me to become a successful art educator. Pearl remained a lifelong contact and I will miss her forever. I am eternally grateful to her for her kindness, support and steadfast encouragement. Dr. Paula (Pelak) Valenti

Posted by: - , - March 5, 2020

So sorry to hear about Pearl but glad to know she spent her last years with Ken and wife. We taught together for many years at Kean and shared many interests, especially since I spent my first years teaching as a public school art teacher (before becoming a degree holding art historian.) Together with Carol Cade I enjoyed visiting their beloved get-away cabin on the Delaware River. And Pearl confessed to being addicted to coats, especially beautifully designed ones. When I think of her it is often of the colors brown, beige, cream..all designed into her lovely textile art. May she rest in peace.
Virginia Stotz

Posted by: - , - March 7, 2020

Pearl was a colleague at Kean University and a good friend. We cooperated in student teaching assignments for prospective art teachers My husband Hyman and I studied weaving with Pearl. Our final class assignment was to photograph weaving samples in our travel trip to Israel. We came home with photos and souvenir samples In an album we created and cherish. We also learned from Pearl the intricate process of setting up looms for different types of weaving.

Dr. Pearl Greenberg was on Kean's faculty during its golden age. She was well-regarded by students and faculty and influenced many in her 28 years of service.

My sincere condolences to Pearl's family and friends.

Posted by: Phylliss Kavett - Union, NJ - March 9, 2020

Thanks to all of you who posted such vivid and personal memories of my mother. In many ways it helps me understand who she was, and it makes me proud to know that people valued her as a mentor and a friend. I wish I could have shared these memories with her.
Again, thank you all.
Ken Greenberg

Posted by: Ken Greenberg - Oakland, CA - March 11, 2020

I called her "Pearlie-May" as an affectionate endearment. I've never a more beautiful person. I was her student, and thought of her as a friend. Both she and Murray were so special. I came to know Pearl when I returned to college at age 42. She would joke that it took 28 years for me to complete my education, since I had begun in 1960, with one year of college before marriage and five children. She guided me through three years at Kean, and was instrumental in seeing me graduate , Summa Cum Laude, in 1988. We kept in touch until I moved away to live in Texas, working together through the Arts Organizations, both in New Jersey and nationally. She was a remarkable woman, and will always be in my heart.

Posted by: Treena Rowan - Houston, TX - March 21, 2020

Pearl Greenberg was my art teacher at Downtown Community School for 8 years. She was a wonderful innovative teacher. She very creatively tied our art classes to our academic curriculums and we were able to experience a range of art forms. This wasn't done in most elementary school art classes in the 1950's. Pearl also helped me create my entrance portfolio for the High School of Music and Art. Pearl Greenberg helped to shape and mold what elementary school art classes were to become. 20 years later her teaching style had a profound effect on my teaching style. In fact her style was infused with all my work as an elementary school art teacher, a college instructor, as an arts administrator with arts organizations and finally an arts funder with the New York State Council on the Arts. Her impact has been lifelong.

Posted by: Kara Yeargans - New York, NY - May 16, 2020

Probably the best teacher/professorI have ever had .....and a truly beautiful human being. She inspired me in so many ways. I loved her

Posted by: Gail Rosenberg - West Caldwell, NJ - August 9, 2020