Dr. Leonard Naeger Arts Fund

Dr. Naeger’s wife, Betsy Naeger, along with Stephen Morton, Artistic Director at the Soul’s Journey Concert – October 2010.

The American Chamber Chorale – Dr. Leonard Naeger Arts Fund is specifically created to ensure that the name and legacy of Dr. Leonard Naeger lives on in his support for the arts and, specifically, his support for the American Chamber Chorale.  Donations to this fund assist the American Chamber Chorale in fulfilling the mission of this diverse community of non-professional singers to bring music of the highest quality to the St. Louis metropolitan area.  This fund helps to offset the expenses associated with this non-profit organization and provide additional opportunities for the community to experience the blessings of the American Chamber Chorale performances and recordings.


Dr. Naeger and the American Chamber Chorale

Leonard Naeger can be described in many ways – “idle” not being one of them.  As a professor of pharmacology at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, he was described as “enthusiastic with a dramatic flair,” and in the statement that, “everything he did, he did with gusto.”

In his role, Professor Naeger formed a relationship with Matthew Ramsey, a student and member of the American Chamber Chorale.  Dr. Naeger supported Matthew’s volunteer work through verbal support and encouragement as well as lending financial support to the Chorale itself.  After graduation, Dr. Naeger and Dr. Ramsey continued to develop that relationship into that of colleagues and friends.  The passing of Dr. Naeger has left a huge void in the St. Louis community – even for those who had never met him.  His kindness and generosity with a variety of charitable organizations has helped many individuals, as well as organizations, survive.  It is with this in mind, that we, the American Chamber Chorale, are especially honored and touched to have been blessed by the generosity of Dr. Naeger’s family, and in particular his wife Betsy, in creating this arts fund.