Posted by on October 4, 2014

By Sally Voth
Oct. 2, 2014
Reprinted from The Winchester Star

Submitted photo. Dr. George Weidig Jr., a member of the Handley High School Class of 1965, recently donated $25,000 to the Winchester Education Foundation. Pictured here after the presentation are Handley High School Principal Jesse Dingle; Winchester Public Schools Superintendent Mark Lineburg; Winchester Education Foundation President Randy Bryant; Winchester Education Foundation Executive Director Russ Potts; George Weidig Jr.; Weidig’s wife, Becky Weidig; Weidig's sister, Denise Adams; and Weidig’s father, George Weidig Sr.

Submitted photo. Dr. George Weidig Jr., a member of the Handley High School Class of 1965, recently donated $25,000 to the Winchester Education Foundation. Pictured here after the presentation are Handley High School Principal Jesse Dingle; Winchester Public Schools Superintendent Mark Lineburg; Winchester Education Foundation President Randy Bryant; Winchester Education Foundation Executive Director Russ Potts; George Weidig Jr.; Weidig’s wife, Becky Weidig; Weidig’s sister, Denise Adams; and Weidig’s father, George Weidig Sr.

WINCHESTER — A member of the Handley High School Class of 1965 has donated $25,000 to the Winchester Education Foundation.

Dr. George Weidig Jr. gave the donation in honor of his late parents, Faye and George Weidig Sr.

According to a news release from Russ Potts, executive director of the foundation, Handley’s football locker room will be named in the family’s honor. It says Weidig Jr. was co-captain of the 1964 football team and is in the Judges Athletic Association (JAA) Hunter Maddex Hall of Fame.

The donation was presented at the Harrisonburg High School vs. Handley football game Sept. 6. The elder Weidig attended the game, but later that night fell, and died four days later at the age of 89, according to his son.

This isn’t the first time Weidig Jr., a physician practicing in Harrisonburg, has given back to his alma mater.

For the past 20 years, he has funded a scholarship in his father’s name.

“I got a lot out of school when I was there and it gave me a good start in life,” Weidig said Tuesday.

His mother and his two sisters also graduated from Handley.

Weidig, who was a center and a linebacker, said he received one of the school’s first scholarships and that it helped him with his first year of college.

“[Weidig Sr.] always was a big supporter of the JAA,” he said. “It just seemed appropriate to put it in his name because he always enjoyed the school and the fact that my mother had gone there, my sisters and myself.”

Potts said Tuesday that there are a variety of ways in which the donation could be used.

“One would be the career and technical education programs that are very successful,” he said. “Some other possibilities would be for school equipment, either athletic or academic, and another possibility is scholarships.

“Dr. Wedig is really a great American success story. He came from a hard-working family. His dad owned a little grocery store out on North Loudoun [Street]…just a really great guy that’s never forgotten his roots.”

— Contact Sally Voth at svoth@winchesterstar.com

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