July 9, 2022 ~ 10 Tamuz 5782
Philip Marcus Greenberg, 88, died Saturday in his Louisville home surrounded by his loving family after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Born to Joseph and Marian Greenberg in New Castle, Pennsylvania in 1933, he was the older of their two sons. He and his brother, Alan, grew up among a gaggle of Greenbergs. More than two dozen aunts, uncles, and first cousins lived in the area, and his childhood was full of picnics, get-togethers, and family dinners. Athletic and well-spoken, Philip was a natural leader. He was active in his local AZA chapter and the captain of the New Castle High School AZA basketball team.
After high school, Philip made his way to State College, where he attended Penn State University, an institution that remained close to his heart for the rest of his life. He graduated with honors and moved to Pittsburgh to study for his MBA at Pitt. Out of a sense of duty to his country, Philip chose to attend Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, to become a commissioned officer in the United States Navy. For the following three and a half years, he served on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Bon Homme Richard, mostly in the Pacific Ocean.
Philip left the Navy as a lieutenant (junior grade) when his first son, David, was born. He spent the following eight years in New York City, learning about the family business, coal mining. After his sons Jeffrey and Peter came along, Philip returned to New Castle to be closer to family. A serial entrepreneur, he founded the Oakleaf Coal Company, developed metallurgical coal mines for the Energy Development Corporation, and played a critical role in the founding of Key Pharmaceutical Corporation.
Throughout his life, Philip loved animals, particularly horses. When he retired in 1970, he went all in on saddlebred horses, moving his stable from Pennsylvania to Simpsonville, Kentucky. Over the next decade, Kentucky drew nearer and nearer to his heart and he eventually relocated to Shelby County. New Estate, the farm he purchased in 1980, housed his champion saddlebreds and eventually his family. Alongside his wife, Susie, and daughter, Gina, he raised seven World Grand Champion saddlebreds. Retirement suited Philip; he relished the opportunity to travel each summer to Capri and to see his horses compete nationally. Whenever he could, he went to visit family at home and abroad, taking special care to make regular trips to Israel to see his cousins, the Zilbers.
A generous man and tireless community booster, he gave freely to good causes large and small. The YMCA, Mount Sinai Medical Center of Miami, the Fund for the Arts, Jewish Hospital of Louisville, Congregation Adath Jeshurun, and the Kentucky Opera all counted him as a dedicated patron and friend. Above all. he loved his Nittany Lions. In 1982, he gave PSU the indoor sports complex that bears his name.
He is survived by his wife of thirty years, Susie; sons David (Michelle), Jeffrey (Stacia), and Peter (Edy); daughter Gina (Paul); brother Alan (Valerie); grandchildren Andrew (Melissa), Gregory (Keiysha), Elliot (Sheyna), Amanda (Travis), Ryan, Jake, and Ava; and great-grandchildren Aerin, Eddi, and Miller, along with countless cousins, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances, all of whom have their own stories of Philip to tell.
Visitation begins at 12:30 p.m. and funeral service at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, July 11th at Congregation Adath Jeshurun, 2401 Woodbourne Avenue (40205) Burial will follow immediately in Adath Jeshurun Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to:
- Congregation Adath Jeshurun, 2401 Woodbourne Ave, Louisville, KY 40205 (www.adathjeshurun.com) or
- the Colon Cancer Prevention Project, P.O. Box 4039, Louisville, KY (https://coloncancerpreventionproject.org/help-kick-butt/donate/), a charity Philip was proud to support for many years.