Summit Scholars Program

Benefactors of the Weitzman Scholars Program

Oscar Weitzman was a life-long resident of Fort Wayne. Born around 1891, he started working at General Electric when he was 13 years old, bringing home 7½ cents per hour. He worked his way up through the company’s ranks, eventually becoming the head of the apprenticeship school and the head of a sales team. He worked for General Electric for 49 years and 7 months. He lived for 98 years, passing in 1989.

His wife, Ophelia, taught in the Fort Wayne Community Schools for 19 years, retiring in 1958. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in 1940 and a Master’s degree in 1948 from Indiana University. She and Oscar were married for 30 years. Ophelia was 93 when she died on the day after Christmas in 2012.