David Weir '59
Creates Morrison Scholarship

David Weir's family connection to Exeter is like a friendship that keeps getting better over time.

It is an association that extends all the way back to the 1820s. When David Weir's ancestor, Nathaniel Morison of Peterborough, New Hampshire, died of yellow fever, Nathaniel's widow and seven children were left impoverished, and the three older boys were engaged as farm hands and apprentices. The eldest son, John Hopkins Morison, tired of farm work, found a job in Gilman's store in Exeter. Carrying on his studies in the evening, he was brought to the attention of the Academy principal of the time, Benjamin Abbot, who accepted him as a "charity" student. All four of his brothers then followed him to Exeter, and four of the five sons went on to Harvard, which also became a family tradition. Says David, a member of the class of '59, "The Academy gave the sons of my ancestor the opportunity to get out of their impoverished circumstances, gain a good education and lead fulfilling lives, which they all did."

In honor of his family legacy, David has established a charitable remainder unitrust at the Academy that will one day create the Morison Scholarship to provide the same opportunities to talented students of today. Through the unitrust, David will be able to achieve his philanthropic goals for Exeter while retaining a life income for himself.

"It's a pleasure to give prospective students the same chance the Morisons got," says David.

"This scholarship is my family's chance to do for Exeter what Exeter did for them."