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Paul I. Wren Jr., E57

The Inspiration

“Tufts always has been an important presence in my life,” says Paul I. Wren Jr., E57, who means it literally. His grandfather was “dean of men” at Tufts. His parents met at Tufts and his banker father was a life trustee of the university. And his family practically lived on campus, in a house at 65 Talbot Ave., located on what is now the site of the Mayer Student Center.

“I used to go to the Tufts football games, home and away, with my father, and I went to the Tufts basketball games,” recalls Wren, of Georgetown, Maine, and Naples, Fla., retired after a career as a financial manager with the Norton Co., a Worcester-based manufacturing firm.

“I also remember very well the putting green and golf course behind the Chemistry Building. I used the putting green a lot. The college police once in a while asked me who I was, but they didn’t bother me too much. It was fun. My parents’ 50th anniversary celebration was held at Alumnae Hall on Talbot Ave. It was a very nice party with many of their relatives and friends. Tufts was a part of my life, and a positive one.”

The Gift

Their family and others having established in 1951 the Frank G. Wren Memorial Scholarship in honor of their grandfather the dean, Wren and his sisters, Frances Raymond and Mary Swain, decided about 10 years ago to establish the Paul I. and Alice T. Wren Memorial Scholarship in honor of their parents.

The Impact

“The students who get these scholarships write to the three of us each year,” Wren says. “I’ve been very impressed by their letters. An important theme: Almost always they say this scholarship really helped them as far as being able to go to Tufts. It really made a difference. I get a warm feeling when I read that.”

One recipient of the Paul and Alice Wren Scholarship, Stephanie Kreutz, A09, an English and music major from San Diego, wrote last year: “I feel privileged to be a part of the Tufts community. Outside of class I participate in Opera Ensemble, two dance groups, and a sketch comedy troupe, and take private voice lessons. In past semesters I have also sung in Tufts Chorale and volunteered through Special Friends at the Tufts University Educational Daycare Center. The small classes have really allowed me to connect with the incredible faculty, and I have found every course to be extremely valuable. One of my favorite courses was creative writing. The professor made an effort to get to know each of his students personally and he helped me grow as a writer and as a person. It is classes like these that make Tufts so special.”