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Seattle Pacific University
Autumn 2007 | Volume 30, Number 2 | Campus

Weter’s Legacy Lives on Through Generous Bequest

$4.83 million gift


The late Winifred Weter, Ph.D., left $4.83 million to SPU.
Winifred Weter
The late Winifred Weter, a trailblazing professor of classics at Seattle Pacific who died in 2006, has left the University an unrestricted, cash gift of $4.83 million. It is among the largest gifts of its kind ever received by SPU.

“We are both delighted and humbled by Winifred’s generous gift,” says Seattle Pacific President Philip Eaton. “Now our goal is to honor her and her lifelong commitment to SPU in the most appropriate way possible.”
The cash donation may become the lead gift for a planned state-of-the-art performance and lecture hall on campus. The “Grand Hall” would provide a premier venue for SPU’s award-winning choirs and other performing groups, as well as lectures, symposia, and all-campus gatherings. It would also be available to the Seattle community as an event venue

Weter also donated to Seattle Pacific a significant portion of her library and an original, commissioned painting of Alexander Hall (the first campus building), which was presented to her upon her retirement in 1975.

Bob McIntosh, SPU vice president of university advancement and personal friend of Weter, says, “My relationship with Winifred will be one of my cherished memories of Seattle Pacific. She was extremely humble and lived a very modest lifestyle, and she insisted until her death that her gifts to the University remain anonymous.”

During her 40 years at Seattle Pacific, Weter taught Greek, Latin, and classical literature, and coached intramural athletics. She was one of the school’s first female professors to have earned a doctorate. SPU’s annual Winifred E. Weter Faculty Award Lecture Series was established more than 30 years ago to honor the liberal arts in a Christian university setting.

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