A Legacy of Hope: One Alum's Gift
Gus Goldshine's career as an aerospace engineer took him all over the world and gave him a front-row seat at some of the more exciting technological developments of the 20th Century.
However, what stays with him the most is the life he built with his late wife, Marilyn. A life that changed after Marilyn was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Now, he has honored her with a gift that will benefit efforts at Rensselaer to better understand and treat cancer well into the future.
"It was my wife's experience that made me want to give this gift," says Gus. "I wanted to give it to RPI because that's the place that laid the groundwork for the life we had."
Gus, 85, graduated from Rensselaer with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and earned both an MBA and Ph.D. over the course of a long career in the aerospace industry.
He credits Rensselaer with instilling a lifelong love of learning, which he utilized after Marilyn's diagnosis to research cancer treatment.
"A lot of it was over our heads," Gus admits. The treatment and follow-up care allowed Marilyn and Gus to enjoy another decade together before she passed away in 2014.
Fittingly, Gus' research into cancer brought him back to Rensselaer.
"I saw an article about biomedical work at RPI, and I thought it would be great if I could help out," Gus says.
Working with Director of Gift Planning Art Tracy, Gus created a fund in Marilyn's name that will permanently support undergraduates working with faculty in Rensselaer's Cancer Research Group.
"I've noticed the expense of attending college and university," Gus says, "and I thought this is something I could do to make it a little easier for students."