Alexander “Alex” Wilhelm Wenner, 80, a resident of Boonsboro, Md., died on March 12. He was born in Basel, Switzerland.
Alex received a B.A. from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. and then went on to get his Master of Library Science from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Ill. He spent his career as a Library Information Specialist and worked in this role at the University of Massachusetts, Northern Arizona University and Indiana University, where he was employed for more than 30 years. Alex served in the United States Army and spent two tours of duty stationed in Germany. He was also a member of the Mensa Society.
Alex’s connection to Colby-Sawyer began when his father attended Gordon Research Conferences at the college, prompting his parents to retire to New London in 1971. His generosity toward Colby-Sawyer spanned more than three decades. In 1988 he established the Gisela & Wilhelm Endowed Scholarship in memory of his parents, and in 2012, Alex established the Alex Wenner Endowed Nursing Scholarship in honor of his mother, who was a nurse. In addition, he was a loyal leadership donor to the Colby-Sawyer Fund and supported multiple capital projects. Alex’s generosity earned him membership in both the Legends and Heritage Societies.
Alex was an avid follower of the stock market and a savvy investor. While he had great success in the financial world, he chose to live a simple life. His prized possessions included his 1965 Ford Mustang and the weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal.
Alex is survived by his younger brother, Thomas, and his wife, Kathleen, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.