Philip Greer graduated from Princeton University in 1957 and went on to earn an MBA degree from Harvard in 1960. He is a past member of the A.B. Freeman Business School Council and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Tulane University. His daughter, Elizabeth, graduated from Tulane University in 1998 with a BA in communications.
Greer is a founding partner of the New York investment firm Weiss, Peck & Greer, where he served as senior partner through 2001. He and his partners sold the firm in 1998 and Greer has since co-founded Opus Capital, a venture capital fund in the San Francisco Bay area. Greer has been a director of Federal Express Corporation since 1974 and is the chairman of its compensation committee. He also serves as president of the Greer Family Foundation and as trustee of the Santa Catalina School in Monterey, Calif., and Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Mass.
The Greer Family has been a very generous supporter of Tulane in recent years, particularly with athletics and general unrestricted university support. Their leadership gift helped to make possible Greer Field at Turchin Stadium, the home of Tulane baseball.
Robert and Lilian Turchin
The stadium is named for Robert and Lillian Turchin of Miami, Fla., who spearheaded the drive to build the facility in 1990. Mr. Turchin is a member of the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee of Tulane's Board of Administrators and is an emeritus member of the Tulane Board of Administrators.
Turchin received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Tulane in 1943. He was a member of the football and track programs, along with his involvement as a member of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity and the Navy ROTC. While in New Orleans, he met Lillian Athey, a native of the Crescent City, and his future wife. Their marriage plans were temporarily interrupted by World War II when Bob spent two years as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. As a gunnery and fire-control officer, he took part in the Normandy invasion, and later served in the Pacific.
Following the war, the Turchins returned to Miami Beach, and Bob went to work for his father in hotel management. He later became involved in the construction of apartment units, and began his career as a general contractor.
In 1949, he incorporated Robert L. Turchin, Inc., and for the next 36 years, he ran the company as its president and director.
Turchin served as city councilman of Miami Beach from 1963-65 and vice-mayor of the city from 1965-67. He was also active in several civic and community organizations.
Since his graduation from Tulane, Turchin has continued to show extraordinary dedication to his alma mater, distinguishing himself as one of the University's most loyal supporters. He has served on the President's Council and the Dean's Advisory Council of the Business School, and he has acted as chairman of the Tulane Alumni Regional Fund. In 1983, Turchin was honored with the Business School's Distinguished Alumnus Award for his generosity and support.
Four years later, to honor the Turchins for their ongoing philanthropy, the new business library in Goldring/Woldenberg Hall was dedicated as the Lillian A. and Robert L. Turchin Library.