Farewell, Mary Weis

Mary and Fritz Weis, 2009After 19 years of employment at Scripps College, Mary Fraser Weis ’66, director of special projects, retired effective January 3, 2014.

Called an “institution within the institution” by Vice President of Institutional Advancement Michael Archibald, Mary’s insight, contributions, and infectious laughter will be missed at Scripps.

“Everything she does, she does well, with intelligence, care, grace, and style,” says Mary MacNaughton, director of the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery. “Indeed, it seems there is little Mary Weis has not done—and done well—for the College.”

Mary has served as an ambassador for Scripps in many ways: as a member of the Class of 1966; as president of the Scripps College Alumnae Association (1984- 1986); in varying leadership positions in alumnae and external relations; as director of the Campaign for the Scripps Woman (1999-2004); as a major gift officer; as the supportive spouse of former Scripps President Fritz Weis (2007-2009); and, most recently, as director of special projects, coordinating the launch event for the new Campaign for Scripps College.

Mary pointed to her fundraising work and service on the Scripps 75th anniversary steering committee as career highlights. She also found special satisfaction in working with fellow members of the Class of ’66 to establish an endowed summer internship honoring their former classmate, the late Honorable Judith Nelsen Keep ’66.

Mary’s accomplishments and dedication have impressed those with whom she has collaborated over the years.

“Few are as acquainted as she with the aspirations of her alma mater or with so many generations of our Scripps constituency,” says Professor Eric Haskell. “Mary will always be one of our most treasured Semeuses.”

Mary’s post-Scripps plans include volunteer opportunities, traveling with her husband, and spending more time with their two grandchildren.