Judith Aronson, Regional Arts Commission Board Member, Dies at 84

Aronson and her husband were active in the local arts community for many years. Her career also included teaching at Webster University.

Long-time member Judith Spector Aronson died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. She was 84.

Aronson and her late husband, Adam Aronson, were active in the arts community for many years.

Adam Aronson founded in Sunset Hills. Judith Aronson served on the Regional Arts Commission board from 1988 to 2009 and was its chairwoman from 1992 to 1996.

She also served on the Missouri Arts Council from 1981 to 1986, on President Bill Clinton's Presidential Advisory Committee on the Arts, and on committees and boards for the St. Louis Art Museum, Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Laumeier Sculpture Park.

Jill McGuire, director of the Regional Arts Commission, told the Post that Aronson was her "mom" in the local arts community.

"She was generous to so many," McGuire told the Post. "She supported local artists, not only by buying their work but by mentoring them, by introducing them to gallery owners and other patrons. She was a great patron."

According to the Post obit, Aronson was born in St. Louis, grew up in Clayton and graduated from in 1948.

Aronson served on the Clayton School Board from 1961 to 1967. She received a doctorate in education from Washington University in 1967 and taught courses at .

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Sheldon Concert Hall.


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