Obituary: Jill Lustberg, Alumni & Development Programs, 43


Jill Lustberg, associate director of development for Olin Business School in Alumni & Development Programs at Washington University in St. Louis, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, at her home after battling cancer for more than five years. She was 43.

Lustberg joined Washington University in 2008 and was responsible for leading the business school’s Eliot Society and Annual Fund fundraising initiatives.

“Jill arrived on our campus eager to advance the university’s mission and forge new connections to strengthen our ambitious goals,” said David T. Blasingame, executive vice chancellor for Alumni & Development Programs.

“She turned program possibilities into realities and gained the trust, respect and deep admiration of everyone she came to know. We will continue to learn from and honor her example.”

Together with her colleagues, Lustberg developed and implemented strategies that have contributed significantly to Olin’s advancement. In addition, she managed other successful school-related programs, such as the Century Club Speaker Series, Lunch with a Pro, and the Industry Insider’s Mentoring Program, as well as establishing a new event to engage alumni, called Conversations with the Dean.

Prior to joining Washington U., Lustberg worked at the University of Houston’s College of Technology as director of undergraduate programs and as coordinator of student services.

She earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from Truman State University in 1993, and a master of arts in student personnel administration in higher education from Ball State University in 1997.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, at 10 a.m. in the Alumni House on the Danforth Campus. Memorial contributions may be made at

Lustberg is survived by her husband, Jason, and daughter, Rory.