A native of Buffalo and a graduate of Smith College, Wertimer returned to her hometown to earn a law degree from the University of Buffalo. In 1952, she moved to Clinton with her husband, Sidney Wertimer, Jr., who recently retired from Hamilton as the Marjorie and Robert W. McEwen Professor of Economics and the College Marshal.
During her career, Wertimer has served the community in a variety of capacities. Prior to becoming town justice, she was an attorney for the Oneida County Department of Social Services and executive director of Family Services of Greater Utica. Wertimer also has served on various boards, including the Clinton School Board, the YWCA, Childrens Hospital, the Utica Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Greater Utica United Way, which she is currently assisting as a loaned executive. In 1995, she was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the SUNY Institute of Technology for her many community contributions.
In addition to Wertimer's speech, Hamilton's a capella singing groups will perform as well as the Brass Choir. Class and Charter Day is a community event that recognizes and celebrates Hamilton students' meritorious achievements.