Alumna Honors Husband Through Scholarship
Lois Wheatlake Fitzgerald's ('40) love for Westminster was a family affair—Her father, B. C. J. Wheatlake was a trustee and interim president, her mother served on the Woman's Board for 40 years, and she and two of her children attended the college. “Probably the most fun years of my life were there," she said. “Thank goodness, even though it’s bigger now, Westminster still has that feeling—the love that you don’t get going to another school.”
As the United States entered World War II, Lois got a job as an air traffic controller that ignited within her a passion for flight. Lois worked at Ogden Regional Airport and took flying lessons when she met a young pilot, Francis "Fitz" Fitzgerald, who became her partner in flight and in life. "We ended up marrying in Los Angeles," she said. "He got the biggest kick out of telling people we got married in a cemetery, which we did, in a chapel in the middle of a big cemetery!"
Lois and Fitz were married for 47 years until his passing in 1991. Lois created the Francis F. Fitzgerald Aviation Scholarship at Westminster to honor his memory. "He didn't know I was going to establish a scholarship," she said, "but he would have been honored to know that he was helping students do what he loved in his life."