Audrey Naumann-Steinfeld, ’39

Once in a lifetime you are blessed to meet one person who is intellectually stimulating, philosophical without being political and financially generous without setting impossible boundaries for her generosity. Many of us aspire to live a life of altruistic giving—to give out of love, passion and humility. Audrey and her late husband, John, dedicated their lives to this source of giving. One of Audrey’s loves—the love for IWA—also became a love of John’s. Their commitment to the mission of IWA has provided the Academy with assets to assist students attain an exemplary education. Audrey’s first involvement with IWA was as an Alumnae Board Member as President in 1941. Many years later, Audrey rejoined Alumnae Association in 1989 where she has been an outstanding source of energy and example of commitment. Audrey’s devotion to the Alumnae Board is still present today as she continues to co-chair the Golden Girl Luncheon every September and the Alumnae Social/Tea every February. Beyond her involvement to the Alumnae Association, Audrey and John’s lead gift to IWA’s Capital Campaign ignited the enthusiasm for the theatre new addition in 2001. In 2005, Audrey and John dedicated the stunning bronze sculpture that is at the entrance of IWA’s campus. The Audrey J. and John F. Steinfeld Charitable Foundation was established in 2008. This million dollar academic endowed scholarship will provide hundreds of scholarships in perpetuity. Next year, 30 Steinfeld Scholars will receive $60,000 in scholarship monies and will reap the benefits of Audrey’s unending generosity to the Academy. Audrey and John’s passion for other St. Louis organizations is quite evident. They have been a major donor to Fontbonne University’s Capital Campaign. An endowed scholarship at Washington University is established in their honor. Besides being a major donor to the St. Louis Zoo, you will also find Audrey supporting the Science Center, History Museum, The Muny, The Sisters of St. Joseph and several other St. Louis institutions. The Missouri Botanical Garden is another place that is dear to Audrey’s heart. A garden has been named in honor of her parents. So, next time you visit the Missouri Botanical Garden, visit The Justin and Rose Naumann Experimental Garden and say a prayer of thanks and gratitude for their amazing daughter, Audrey, who has made an astonishing difference in the lives of so many, especially to the community of IWA.