Stevenson University introduced Wednesday it obtained a $1.3 million bequest from the property of the late Gilbert “Gil” Wegad, who based Stevenson’s first program in accounting and served as an adjunct professor of accounting for almost three many years.
Wegad’s bequest shall be used to extend the endowment for a scholarship he established for Stevenson Nursing college students and to assist capital funding wants for campus enlargement and enhancements.
Born and raised in Maryland, Wegad was a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who joined Stevenson (then Villa Julie College) in 1972 to determine an affiliate diploma in accounting program on the request of former college President Carolyn Manuszak. He started instructing in 1974 and continued to work as a CPA throughout his tenure at Stevenson till his retirement in 2003.
Wegad’s generosity all through the years has helped and can proceed to assist Stevenson college students obtain their desires. In 1998, Wegad established the Bertha G. Wegad RN Memorial Endowment Fund for Scholarships to Nursing Students. The scholarship honors his late spouse Bertha, “Bert,” who died in 1998. The couple have been married for greater than 40 years.
Bert labored at Sinai Hospital, the place she was a extremely regarded pediatric nurse. In 2004, Wegad married for a second time, to Sara Sacks Diamond, who shared his pursuits in studying and journey. They each took immense delight of their Stevenson Nursing graduates and saved pictures of every 12 months’s scholarship recipient in a spot of honor of their house. The Wegads loved many completely satisfied years collectively in Florida till Sara died in 2019. Wegad then died in 2020.