$2.7M estate gift from Wayne and Mary Beitler Leutloff 


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$2.7 million estate gift from Wayne and Mary Beitler Leutloff will support Engineering

The College of Engineering is pleased to announce that an estate gift from Wayne and Mary Beitler Leutloff has been realized with an initial distribution of $2,748,126.  Part of the distribution ($1M) is designated to name the Wayne E. and Mary Beitler Leutloff Student Innovation Center in the Engineering Interdisciplinary Sciences (EIS) Complex.  The remainder, as well as any subsequent distributions, will add to the Wayne E. and Mary Beitler Leutloff Endowment. 

Wayne Leutloff was an SDSU ‘49 social science alumnus. He worked in engineering services at Lockheed Martin. According to his niece, Julie Hertzog, her Uncle Wayne was innovative in his work and in fact was an “actual rocket scientist for Lockheed Martin/General Dynamics at Vandenberg Air Force Base” and hobbyist investor. She mentioned that her Aunt Mary was a flight nurse; the two met in the Korean War when they were in the military; they are from farm families from the Midwest. Mary enjoyed music and the arts. The Leutloffs were “vastly private people.” Wayne Leutloff passed away in January of 2000. Mary Beitler Leutloff resided in Santa Maria, California before her passing late last year.

The College of Engineering is grateful to Wayne and Mary Beitler Leutloff and all those who support our students, faculty, research and university efforts.  If you or someone you know is interested in providing philanthropic support for the College of Engineering, please contact Kate Carinder, Senior Director of Development, College of Engineering at [email protected]