The Life of Sidney Wertimer

Oct. 28, 1920. ­Sidney Wertimer is born in Buffalo, N.Y.
1938. Graduates as valedictorian of the Nichols School in Buffalo.
1942. Earns B.S. in economics from the Wharton School of the ­University of Pennsylvania.

1942-46. Serves in the U.S. Navy, first as an ensign aboard the destroyer U.S.S. William D. Porter, and later as a ­supply officer on the U.S.S. Boxer, an aircraft carrier; released as a ­lieutenant.
1946-47. Serves as teaching fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.
1947. Marries Eleanor Walsh, a graduate of Smith College and the University of Buffalo, where she received her LL.B.

1947-50. Serves as instructor at the University of Buffalo.
1949. Earns M.A. in economics from the University of Buffalo.

1949. Son Peter is born.
1952. Completes Ph.D. in economic history at the London School of Economics.


1952. Via trans­atlantic phone line is offered an assistant professor of economics position at Hamilton at an annual salary of $4,000.
1952. Daughter Sheila is born.
1955. Son Stephen is born.
1956. Becomes associate pro­fessor.

1957-65. Serves as associate dean of the College.

1957. Begins more than 40 years of service as a volunteer member of the Clinton Fire Department.

1957-65. Serves on the Oneida County Heart Committee (including term as president).

1959. Publishes, with John S. Gambs, Economics of Man, a college textbook used nationally.

1960. Son Thomas is born.
1964. Becomes full professor of economics.
1965-75. Serves as chairman of the Economics Department.
1965. Presents the Class and Charter Day address: "Undergraduate Advice, 2,259 Students Later."

1965. Begins first of three stints as a board member of the Kirkland Art Center.
1972-73. Serves as a board member of A Better Chance, Clinton.
1975-80. Serves as College provost.
1978. Sidney ­Wertimer Prize Scholarship in Economics established by John Phillips, Jr. '69 and John Phillips, Sr.

1980-91. Presides at all official ­College ceremonies as College marshal.
1986-99. Serves on Hospice board of directors (including term as treasurer).
1987. Appointed the Marjorie and Robert W. McEwen Professor of Economics.
1988. $1.3 million endowed chair established in his honor by former students.
1989. Honored by more than 500 alumni and friends at a gala dinner in the Field House.

1990-97. Serves on board of directors of the Oneida County Economic Development and Growth Enterprise (EDGE).

1991. After turning 70, joins the ranks of professors emeriti, but continues teaching Accounting each fall.

1993-99. Serves on the board of directors of the Hospice Care Foundation.
1996. Receives an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Hamilton College.
1999. Sidney ­Wertimer Scholarships established at Harvard ­Business School by Kevin Kennedy '70

Feb. 1, 2005. Dies in Charleston, S.C., with his family at his side.

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Stacey Himmelberger

Editor, Hamilton Alumni Review
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
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