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IPFW receives $3.4 million from couple's estate

IPFW receives $3.4 million gift from estate of lifelong Fort Wayne resident and teacher wife
Posted on Aug. 25, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 25, 2014 at 2:06 p.m.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A lifelong resident of Fort Wayne and his schoolteacher wife have bequeathed $3.4 million to Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne to support scholarships for students.

IPFW says it was the sole recipient of the estate of Oscar and Ophelia Weitzman.

IPFW says Oscar Weitzman started working at General Electric when he was 13 years old and remained there for nearly 50 years, working his way up through the company’s ranks, eventually becoming the head of the apprenticeship school and the head of a sales team. He was 98 when he died in 1989.

Ophelia Weitzman earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University and taught in the Fort Wayne Community Schools for 19 years, retiring in 1958. She was 93 when she died in December 2012.


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