In Memoriam: Staff Emeritus Marilyn Wentz

In Memoriam: Staff Emeritus Marilyn Wentz
Marilyn Wentz

Marilyn Wentz, 74, considered by many as Cal Poly Pomona's “Ambassador of Goodwill,” died Saturday, Aug. 11, at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center in Pomona.

For more than 25 years, Wentz worked in the Dean's Office for the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences as an administrative support assistant. She had a welcoming presence in the office, and was highly invested in the people and programs at Cal Poly Pomona, according to friend and colleague Tengemana Thumbutu, academic advisor for the Collins School of Hospitality Management.

During her career at Cal Poly Pomona, Wentz was a regular patron of the Theatre department's performances and the Kellogg Art Gallery exhibits. She supported the Athletic department's annual Green & Gold Scholarship Dinner, Campus Forum, the ReEntry & WoMen's Resource Center and was a big supporter of the Rose Float.

Each year, she helped collect donations for the Rose Float Committee and volunteered during Decorations Week. She also enjoyed collecting Rose Float merchandise.

After retiring in 2001, Wentz gained emeritus status for her long dedicated career. She remained committed to the Rose Float and joined Pace Setters, which is a group of retired faculty and staff who want to remain connected to the university.

In retirement, Wentz volunteered her time with the Pomona Unified School District's homework hotline, Thumbutu said.

Wentz is survived by her mother Reeva Stephenson; two sisters: Pam and Sue; three sons: Mark, Michael and Murray; two daughters-in-law: Yvonne and Jean; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services will be Thursday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. at Pomona First Baptist Church, 586 N. Main St., Pomona. You may choose to honor Wentz's memory by wearing purple, her favorite color, to the memorial service.

Her family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Cal Poly Pomona Rose Float. The donations may be made to the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation. You may give online at