Rutgers–Camden Receives Bequest Intention Totaling $3 Million for Creation of Endowed Chair and Endowed Scholarship

By Tom McLaughlin

Rutgers University–Camden has received a bequest intention totaling $3 million for the creation of a chair in economics and a new endowed $50,000 scholarship for students in the Department of World Languages and Cultures majoring in German or Spanish.

The late Marilyn Wissman poses with Susan Krisch, CCAS’11, recipient of the 2011 Camden College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Scholarship. Marilyn was one of the contributors to the fund.

The creation of the chair is from the estates of late Rutgers–Camden alumni Herman Wissman, a 1962 graduate, and his wife, Marilyn Wissman, a 1960 graduate. As the sole trustee of Herman and Marilyn’s estates, Marian Wissman, Herman’s sister, was determined to fulfill their wishes for the establishment of the post.

In addition, Marian is delighted to honor her sister-in-law by establishing the Marilyn M. Wissman Endowed Scholarship in her name.

“They loved Rutgers–Camden just as I do,” says Marian, a Marlton resident who serves as president of the Cooper Women’s Board and is a member of the Cooper Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees and the New Jersey Committee for the Philadelphia Orchestra. “They attributed their successful work endeavors to the wonderful educations that they received at Rutgers.”

Kris Lindenmeyer, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers–Camden, lauds the Wissmans for their support and confidence in Rutgers–Camden and its students.

“We thank the Wissman family for this generous gift supporting the Rutgers–Camden College of Arts and Science’s mission of providing students with access to a world-class education that changes lives for the better,” says Lindenmeyer.

Herman, who passed away in October 2010, graduated from Merchantville High School and served in the U.S. Army. He then earned his bachelor’s degree at Rutgers–Camden and worked as a financial advisor for many years. He was vice president for Wells Fargo Advisors at the time of his passing.

Marian Wissman and Zach Hunt, a recipient of the Herman L. Wissman CCAS ’62 Endowed Scholarship in 2015

Marilyn, who passed away in September 2014, graduated from Camden Catholic High School before earning her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers–Camden. She then received her master’s degree from Rowan University and enjoyed a longtime career in education, retiring as guidance director from Edgewood Regional High School in Winslow Township.

“They both saw the incredible value of getting an education and knew the hard work that it takes to earn your degree; they never lost sight of that,” says Wissman, a retired vice president of human resources at eResearch Technology, Inc. “Not having children, Herman and Marilyn decided that they would be generous to others who couldn’t afford to attend college.”

In 2013, Marilyn established a scholarship in Herman’s memory, the Herman L. Wissman CCAS ’62 Endowed Scholarship, which supports two full-time undergraduate, honors students majoring in economics or finance that exhibit the qualities of Herman: honesty, loyalty, responsibility, intelligence, hard work, and respect for all others.

Marian says that she is grateful to have the opportunity to remember and honor Herman and Marilyn, and continue their legacy of giving.

“We go through life and achieve different things in our careers, but it is so important to give back to others trying to reach their goals,” says Marian. “It’s a win-win: when you help others, you get something in return.”

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