Honorary Degree Citation: Edward E. Wendell, Jr.

As a longtime trustee and ardent supporter for longer than anyone around here can remember, you have buoyed Marlboro College with your generous spirit.

You first came to Marlboro from Harvard University in 1962, ostensibly to teach mathematics, only to learn that nobody here has just one job. Within two years you were also serving as dean of admissions, earning you the title of “teen dean.” After earning your master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Washington, you returned in 1966 to serve as the first fulltime dean of students, which you did until 1968.

But you had already left your mark on Marlboro. As you were preparing to leave for graduate school in 1965, longtime American studies professor Dick Judd wittily named the first annual cross-country ski race the Ted Wendell “Memorial” Cup. When you rejoined the college as a dean of students, we dropped the “memorial,” and when Dick died in 2007 you added his name: the annual Wendell-Judd Cup remains one of Marlboro’s most celebrated traditions. 

You went on to launch a successful career in investment management, working alongside celebrated Swedish portfolio manager Hakan Castegren for many years. In 2003 you became a founding partner and portfolio manager for Northern Cross, an international investment management firm that was awarded the Morningstar International Manager of the Year in 2007.

As a Marlboro trustee, chairman from 1997 to 2001, and treasurer too, you have always upheld the college’s highest ideals and engaged with its day-to-day challenges and triumphs. To address retention in 2008, you and your wife Mary helped launch the Bridges program, which offers fully funded activities such as backpacking, spelunking, dance, and writing to welcome new students; by now you have fully endowed this program.

You and Mary are active philanthropists, supporting numerous cultural, humanitarian, and educational institutions. You have traveled extensively in Asia as treasurer of the Poverty Alleviation Fund. But you have always had a particular penchant for Potash Hill.

You have said “I believe in Marlboro, in the mission to preserve the intense, one-on-one teaching that has been Marlboro’s practice over the years.” For your service to higher education and philanthropy, in keeping with the ideals of Marlboro College, it is our pleasure to confer upon you the degree: Doctor of Humane Letters.