unknown - June 24, 2013
Morris “Mike” Skiff Weeden died Friday, May 24, 2013. A retired executive and philanthropist, Mike was born Dec. 25, 1919, in Syracuse to Dr. Walter L. Weeden and Emma Loomis Skiff Weeden. He received a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in 1941, where he was a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity, played trumpet in the marching band and rowed for the Syracuse Crew team. Mike received a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1943. He retired from U.S. Army with the rank of captain following service from 1943 to 1946. While stationed at Camp Lee, Va., he met his future wife, Jane (Senter) Weeden. He proposed to her in the Governor’s Palace gardens in Colonial Williamsburg. They were married in October of 1944.
Following WWII, Jane and Mike moved to Cazenovia, where Mike worked for Bristol Laboatories Division of Bristol Myers Company. He served as president, responsible for production, marketing, research, administration and finance from 1968 to 1972. During this time he was president and director of Syracuse Better Business Bureau, and president of Syracuse Chamber of Commerce. He received the Syracuse Award for Distinguished service, in 1967, was president and director of Syracuse YMCA, president of the Onondaga County National Alliance of Businessmen, president and trustee of Community General Hospital and Syracuse General Hospital, president of the National Alumni Association of Syracuse University, was on the board of directors of the Syracuse Sympony Orchestra, director of the United Fund of Syracuse, director of Manlius-Pebble Hill School and senior warden, vestryman, St. Peter’s Church, Cazenovia. He was an avid and competitive sailor, earning frequent victories while in New York. He continued to enjoy sailing on Lake Michigan through 2012.
Mike moved to Lake Forest, Ill, in 1973 with a position as president of Norwich International. He orchestrated the merger which formed Morton Thiokol Corporation. His responsibilities included strategic planning, corporate development, acquisitions and investor relations. He served as vice chairman of Morton Thiokol from 1980 to 1984. He served on the board of directors of multiple companies, including Morton Thiokol, Healthdyne, Xytronyx, Agri-Shield and Lincoln National Bank and Trust. He was a director of the Terra Foundation for American Art and a member of the Antiquarian Society and Sustaining Fellows of the Art Institute of Chicago and trustee, Lake Forest Library.
He was member of the Society of Fellows Syracuse University, a longtime member of the board of trustees of Syracuse University and endowed a chair at SU. Mike was a warden of Church of the Holy Spirit, Lake Forest. He was awarded the Bishop’s Award in 2010 for his service to the church. Born on Christmas Day, he manifested life long the spirit and grace of Christmas.
Mike loved the church, sailing, tennis, dogs, road trips in a fine car, a good glass of wine, pot roast and, foremost, his family. He has a great sense of humor and never complained.
Morris was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Jane Weeden. He is survived by their children, Charles Skiff Weeden, Anna Nicholson Weeden, Jane Weeden Hall and Robert Rush Weeden, and his four grandchildren, Jamie Nicholson Hall, Lowell Skiff Hall, Caroline Anne Weeden and Allison Jane Weeden.
The life of Morris Skiff Weeden was celebrated at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest. Donations in memory of Morris Skiff Weeden may be made to the Church of the Holy Spirit.