WSAS Laments Passing of George Weissman ’39
The Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, along with all of Baruch College, mourns the loss of George Weissman ’39. Mr. Weissman died July 24 from complications of a recent fall at his home in Rye, N.Y., his son Paul told the New York Times. Mr. Weissman’s generosity and vision transformed our classrooms, our students, and the excellence of our academics. George Weissman changed the landscape of philanthropy at Baruch. He was a founding Trustee of the Baruch College Fund in 1969 and was a devoted supporter of his alma mater for more than four decades. Among his many gifts to us, George Weissman provided major support to the Weissman Center for International Business in 1996. He endowed the Mildred and George Weissman School of Arts and Sciences in 1998.
George Weissman was a distinguished business leader who retired as Chairman and CEO of Philip Morris Companies Inc. in 1984. He was a leading advocate for corporate support for the arts. In 1998 he delivered the inaugural Weissman Lecture on the Influence of the Arts on Society. It was an inspiring presentation that is still remembered and talked about on our campus.
In 2008 George Weissman and his wife Mildred were the recipients of the William and Anita Newman Medal for Philanthropy, one of Baruch College’s highest accolades. The College also awarded George Weissman an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree in 1982 and presented him with the Baruch Distinguished Alumnus Award at the annual Bernard Baruch Dinner in 1988.
The entire Baruch College community extends its heartfelt sympathy to Mildred Weissman, George’s loving wife of 65 years, and to the Weissman children, Paul, Ellen and Daniel. Generations to come will honor his memory.
Photos #2 and 3 taken in 1959 by Walter Sanders for Life Magazine. Text from the Baruch College website, edited by J D Sallen.