The Weirick-Carver-Hill Family
For generations of Pomona students—as well as students from Scripps and what was then known as Claremont Men’s College—the name “Weirick” will aways be associated with the “tri-college” parties held on the Weirick-Carver family’s Los Flores Ranch in Summit Valley from 1950 until the mid-sixties. Begun by Alan Weirick ’52 as a sophomore party for his own class, the annual celebration, which he describes as “a mini-rodeo and barbecue,” grew into a major event, attracting as many as 1,000 students some years to the historic Spanish land-grant ranch. “We never called it the Weirick Ranch Party, but that’s what the students sometimes called it,” Alan remembers.
But that is only one chapter in the long history of the Weirick, Carver and Hill families’ relationship with Pomona, which has stretched over three generations. For instance, K.L. Carver ’12 was an early leader in the Kappa Delta fraternity, a tradition carried on by Alan, who helped raise funds for the rebuilding and renaming of the Greek Theatre in honor of KD adviser, Professor Fred Sontag.
“My mother, Marjorie, was the illustrious one in the Weirick family,” says Martha Weirick Mulfinger ’53. She remembers as a child hearing that her mother was vice president of the student body, later going on to become an adjunct faculty member, teaching cello. Some years later, Marjorie’s future daughter-in-law, Leilani Purnell Weirick ’53 would follow in her footsteps as student body vice president, going on to serve the College as president of its Alumni Association in 1974-75.
The families have also seen several weddings in Pomona’s Bridges Hall of Music, and thanks to generous gifts from the family, the Weirick name is to be found at several locations on campus, including on a plaque outside the Registrar’s Office in Alexander Hall.