A Long-Lasting Legacy

Gift of $3 million from estates of alumni couple supports language and economic programs

Graduation portraits of Herman Wissman CCAS’62 and Marilyn Maguire Wissman CCAS’60.

Graduation portraits of Herman Wissman CCAS’62 and Marilyn Maguire Wissman CCAS’60.

Although Marilyn Maguire Wissman and Herman Wissman first met as students at Rutgers University–Camden about 60 years ago, the legacy of the late alumni couple resonates powerfully on campus today in the programs from which they graduated.

Marilyn CCAS’60, a double major in German and Spanish, and Herman CCAS’62, an economics major, married only four days before Marilyn earned her undergraduate degree in 1960. Herman, who passed away in 2010, worked as a financial advisor for many years and was vice president for Wells Fargo Advisors at the time of his death. Marilyn, who passed away in 2014, enjoyed a long career in education, retiring as guidance director from Edgewood Regional High School in Winslow Township. The South Jersey residents had long been avid supporters of their alma mater. “They attributed their successful work endeavors to the wonderful educations that they received at Rutgers,” said Marian Wissman, Herman’s sister.

Marian, a retired vice president of human resources at eResearch Technology Inc., and the sole trustee of Herman and Marilyn’s estates, was determined to fulfill their wishes with a gift to Rutgers– Camden. She established the endowed Herman L. and Marilyn M. Wissman Chair in Economics and also created an endowed $50,000 scholarship in the Department of World Languages.

Marilyn—whose sisters Patricia and Margaret graduated in 1956 and 1961 from Rutgers–Camden with degrees in science and history—was honored in 2010 as a Golden Raptor, a program honoring select alumni celebrating the 50th anniversary of their graduation.

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