Advancement News: Fall 2006
commitment to education
• Commitment to Education
David C. Weinstein's parents understood the power of education. The children of immigrants, they were the first in their families to attend college. After they died, Weinstein, JD '75, wanted a living memorial to advance their devotion to education. Weinstein's father practiced law for over 45 years, and his mother taught philosophy and religion at Queens College. "My father practiced the Socratic method and my mother taught Socrates to her students. I want to build upon this focus of their lives," says Weinstein, who established the Molly and Phil Weinstein Scholarship Fund at Boston College Law School. The scholarship is designed to encourage students of exceptional merit and academic accomplishment to attend BC Law School.
A native of Queens, N.Y., Weinstein set out to become a litigator after law school, but soon changed direction and moved into the business sector. After eight years as counsel for a corporate finance firm in Boston, he joined Fidelity Investments in 1984 as its corporate counsel. Weinstein then moved on to become chief of administration at Fidelity. He now helps shape the laws that govern the mutual fund industry as executive vice president for government relations.
Of his BC Law days, Weinstein says, "The professors and students formed a stimulating and informal learning community." He has kept in touch with that community as a member of both BC Law School's Board of Overseers, chairing its development committee, and the School's 2005 Reunion Committee.
With gifts totaling over $1 million, Weinstein sees his support for scholarships at Boston College Law School as a fitting way to further his family's commitment to education. "It's important to give outstanding students the opportunity to combine their own passions with a knowledge of law, to make meaningful contributions to our society."