Janet Weis H'08, philanthropist, writer and community leader, was a proud supporter of the University. She was instrumental in bringing about advancements in art, education and medicine to the Susquehanna Valley and Bucknell University.
"Anyone associated with Bucknell knows the tremendous difference that Janet Weis has made in the life of this University," Bucknell President John Bravman said.
Weis and her late husband, Sigfried Weis H'77, held positions on the University's Board of Trustees and gave generously of both their time and money. There is ample evidence of Weis' love of the arts on Bucknell's campus. With the couple's support, the 1,200 seat Sigmund and Claire Weis Center for the Performing Arts was created.
After her husband's death, Weis donated money to make the Sigfried Weis Music Building possible. She was also the inspiration behind the Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz Series, the source of an endowed programming fund for the Performing Arts Center and a benefactor of many of the center's performances. The annual Janet Weis Fellow in Contemporary Letters was established in 2002, recognizing individuals who represent the highest level of achievement in writing.
"All of us at Bucknell mourn the passing of an icon in the community and a benefactor and leader whose generosity and service made a lasting difference in the cultural and educational experiences so many enjoy," said Bravman.