Jane and Louis Weinstock 1936
Louis “Luke” Weinstock’s philosophy on charitable giving, “giving should be fun,” was unique. If his and his wife’s philanthropy was any indication, they surely have had loads of fun in their more than 60 years of giving at Lehigh University, since Weinstock earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Aside from 60-plus years of annual support to Lehigh, Luke and Jane Weinstock established an endowed scholarship fund and an artist-in-residence endowment for the music department; funded the President’s House restoration which was featured in Architectural Digest, and provided the leadership gift for the Jane and Louis Weinstock Center for Journalism at Coppee Hall. The most recent additions to an already extraordinary record of giving were the establishment of the Louis and Jane P. Weinstock Endowed Chair in Art and Architecture, the Louis and Jane P. Weinstock Zoellner Arts Center Endowment Fund, and "Luke's Gate," the gate leading to the President's House.
Also generous with his time, Weinstock received the Class of 1936 Alumni Award and the James Ward Packard Award and founded and was president of the Lehigh Palm Beach Alumni Club. In fact, wherever they lived, the Weinstocks devoted much of their time toward civic and community affairs. Weinstock was active in the Community Chest boards in Palm Beach, Florida, and Long Island, New York, the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, and served as vice president of the San Diego chapter of the English-speaking Union, an international organization that promotes cooperation among English-speaking nations.
Mrs. Weinstock, who passed away in 2004, was an equal partner in their unwavering support of Lehigh. She assembled an impressive resumé of civic and community volunteerism that included Planned Parenthood in Long Island, the Red Cross, Board of District Nursing and the Community Council. The Weinstocks made their home in California for the last thirty years, and Weinstock continued to be involved in community affairs and Lehigh from his Tucscon, Arizona home.
Luke Weinstock passed away on December 4, 2012, but he and his wife's legacy at Lehigh University, and in other communities, will live on through their generosity.