The late Bob Wiens embodied commitment to his alma mater
The University community lost a dedicated colleague and dear friend, Trustee Emeritus Robert “Bob” Wiens ’56, on Nov. 8, 2017.
As a student, Wiens served as Associated Students of the University of Redlands (ASUR) president and was involved in Pi Chi fraternity, Yeomen, Omicron Delta Kappa, and the student newspaper. After earning his economics degree, he joined Redlands Federal Savings and Loan as a bank teller. Throughout his career there, Wiens served in a variety of positions, retiring in 1995 as chairman, president, and CEO.
In addition to his service on the Board of Trustees from 1979 to 2011 (which included terms as first vice chair and board secretary), Wiens also was president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors from 1977 to 1981. His outstanding commitment to his alma mater was celebrated with the University’s 75th Anniversary Medal, Distinguished Service Award, and Centennial Award. He was honored with emeritus status on the Board of Trustees in 2011.
He is survived by his wife, Marion ’57; his three children and their spouses, Gordon ’80 and wife Margie ’81, Steve ’83 and wife Becky ’84, Nancy ’88 and husband Sam; five grandchildren, including Erin Wiens St. John ’18; and one great-grandchild, Caroline. Loved ones shared their memories during services at the Memorial Chapel, which included a rendition of “Och Tamale” in his honor.
Memorial gifts in Bob Wiens’s name may be directed to the Wiens Family Endowed Scholarship and mailed to University of Redlands, Office of Development, P.O. Box 3080, Redlands, CA 92373. Gifts may also be made online at www.redlands.edu/givenow.
A legacy of love
Bob’s legacy at Redlands is far-reaching, and several members of the campus community remember his dedication to the maroon and grey:
“Bob’s passion for his alma mater was demonstrated in many ways—from emeritus trustee to scholarship donor, from Bulldog fan to proud alumnus. As he had done for years, Bob was there to personally congratulate the 2017 graduating class at Commencement, despite having just recovered from a medical procedure. He embodied the concept of a ‘Bulldog for Life’ in a very authentic and inspiring way.”
—Ralph Kuncl, president
“He was passionate about our students having the same kind of experiences that meant so much to him. … The Wiens Scholars and hundreds of others have seen in Bob how being educated in both heart and head can create a life worth living.”
—Jim Appleton, president emeritus
“Bob was as loyal a Bulldog as anyone I know. His support of everything we did for students was so meaningful, and his personal support meant so much to me.”
—John Walsh, Omer E. Robbins Chaplain to the University
“Bob loved his Bulldogs. He had his regular seat in Currier Gym, and sometimes I still look for him. Coach Maynard recalls a day when Bob was sitting in the stands during a track meet in pouring rain. Coach and several others were moving to the press box and they invited Bob, who responded, ‘No thanks. If the athletes are going to be out in the rain, so am I!’”
—Jeff Martinez, director of athletics
“The genuine care he had for each individual Wiens Scholar, along with the personal joy he received from being a scholarship donor, is unparalleled.”
—Ray Watts, associate vice president for development
“Bob meant a great deal to us, and made our dreams of attending the U of R financially possible. He was a role model, both personally and professionally, and gave us something to aspire to.”
—Samantha Conway ’15 and William Steger ’15, Wiens Scholarship recipients
A lasting part of Bob Wiens’s Redlands legacy was his role in establishing the Wiens Family Endowed Scholarship, which has supported more than 40 recipients since 1999. To read more about the Wiens Scholarship, please visit foreveryours.redlands.edu/scholarship-promise.