Roger Greenberg '50 still remembers the sign legendary football coach Doc Milburn hung in the locker room: "A quitter never wins, and a winner never quits."
"It was a wonderful philosophy, and quite a number of us remember it," he says. "The discipline that came with military training, the friendships I made through athletics and the great instructors like John Nelson — these are all things I may not have appreciated at the time, but I certainly do now."
Roger entered Breck in 1941 and especially enjoyed math and science classes, particularly physics. He went on to earn his industrial engineering degree from the University of Minnesota and founded a company called Bro-Tex, featured in a Star Tribune article about its innovative program to recycle old carpets and keep them out of landfills. The recycled carpets become everything from new carpet or padding to cement mix and even sewer pipes.
Still active at Bro-Tex even though he now winters in Florida, Roger says modern technology makes it easy to work from a distance. And when he's not working, he enjoys golf, exercise, boating and going to boat shows.
He also enjoys time with his family — many of whom have Breck ties of their own. Roger and his wife Myra have four children, including daughters Arlys and Cynthia, both of whom attended Breck in the 1960s, daughter Emily and son Dan '86. And Arlys and her three children, Ben '06, Joshua '11 and Becca '12 are keeping the Greenberg family relationship with Breck alive and well.
Roger, a former trustee, has been a long-time loyal donor to Breck's annual fund. But it's that sense of the enduring rewards of a Breck education that prompted him to think of the future by providing a bequest to Breck in their estate plan. "We're glad to do it," Roger says. "It's good to leave a little legacy to places and organizations that have been significant in our family's life."