Photo: From left: Technion President Peretz Lavie, Eugene Shapiro and Marlene Shapiro.
Eugene and Marlene Shapiro of Paradise Valley were recently awarded an honorary fellowship from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology during the Board of Governors (BOG) meeting on the Haifa campus. The couple received the honor for “the vital roles (they) have played with such energy and enthusiasm in growing the circle of supporters.”
The Shapiros became involved with the Technion in 1963 when they took Eugene’s parents place on an American Technion Society (ATS) mission at the last minute. “Because we were the youngest couple on the trip, we were treated very special,” said Eugene. “A few years later, we were back to dedicate the Harry & Betty Shapiro Garden. The Technion has become very special to Marlene and me.”
Mr. and Mrs. Shapiro first set foot on the Technion campus in 1962 and have been stalwart supporters ever since. Their involvement started in Chicago, where Eugene served as President of the local ATS region. Now in their senior years, they are leaders of the ATS Phoenix community. Eugene has served on the National Board and both are Honorary Lifetime Members of the Technion Board of Governors and the Board of Regents.
As Technion Guardians, those who support the university at the highest level, they have supported students and student reservists returning from the military. They’ve established the Harry and Betty Shapiro Garden in memory of Eugene’s parents, and they’ve supported projects in aerospace engineering and other research. Their philanthropy also extends to other Jewish causes including AIPAC, the Jewish National Fund, Magen David Adom, and the Israel Tennis Center.
Eugene and Marlene are both graduates of the University of Wisconsin. Prior to his retirement, Eugene manufactured plumbing tools and specialty products, while Marlene was in real estate management.
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