Baruch College notes with deepest sorrow the passing of George Weissman (’39), whose generosity and vision had a transformative effect on our classrooms, our students and the excellence of our academics. Along with a handful of others, George Weissman changed the landscape of philanthropy at Baruch. A founding Trustee of the Baruch College Fund in 1969, he was a devoted supporter of his alma mater for more than four decades. Among his many gifts to us, George Weissman was instrumental in providing major support to the Weissman Center for International Business in 1996. In 1998, he endowed the Mildred and George Weissman School of Liberal Arts and Science, which here, as elsewhere, is the bedrock of higher education.
A distinguished business leader who retired as Chairman and CEO of Philip Morris Companies Inc. in 1984, George Weissman was also a leading advocate of corporate support for the arts. In 1998, at Baruch, he delivered the inaugural Weissman Lecture on the Influence of the Arts on Society, an inspiring presentation that is still remembered and talked about on this campus.
In 2008 George Weissman and his wife Mildred were the recipients of the William and Anita Newman Medal for Philanthropy, one of the highest accolades Baruch College bestows. 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.