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After Wynne A. Whitman ’86 graduated as an economics and business major, she continued her education at Fordham University, earning a master’s degree in corporate finance. However, even as she embarked on her career by serving as a national bank examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, she desired to learn and do more.

After graduating cum laude from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1993, she ran her own firm for a time before joining Schenck, Price, Smith & King in Morristown, N.J., where she recently became a partner and is a member of its tax, trust, and estate department.

“I wanted to practice law in the area of trusts and estates and was unable to find a job offering a specialty in this area,” she says.

Her tenure at Schenck, Price has coincided with an era of mushrooming growth in philanthropy, and Whitman quickly found herself helping many clients fulfill their charitable wishes while decreasing the effect of overhead on their gifts.

“I enjoy working with families both before and after death and assisting during a difficult time,” she says. “Charitable work provides the same opportunity.”

Whitman gives back to Lafayette by volunteering on several committees. Eager to remain a part of the campus community, she has served as the general reunion chair, president of the Alumni Association, and a member of the Council of Lafayette Women, and has chaired her past three class reunions.

“It’s an opportunity to stay connected, as well as to maintain old relationships and develop new connections both with students and alumni,” Whitman says. “The college has unbelievably wonderful alumni who are willing to give generously not only of their money, but of their time and talent. To have continued that tradition as an alumni leader is an honor.”

Looking back on her years at the College, Whitman says she most enjoyed the relationships she formed with her fellow students and the well-rounded education she received, especially when it came to the classes of former Professor Frank Fabozzi in the economics and business department and Diane Ahl, Arthur J. ’55 and Barbara S. Rothkopf Professor of Art History.

“Professor Fabozzi made aspects of economics come alive with practical applications,” she recalls. “[Professor Ahl] shared her passion for art history, which helped me realize that the career one chooses should give one the same passion and excitement,” Whitman says.

Lately, she has been able to combine estate planning and the interests that led her to minor in art into a budding career as a writer.

“My book-writing career began with ghostwriting a book for a fitness celebrity. My sister [Stacy], a fitness journalist, was approached to help ‘shape’ this book and asked me to join in,” she says. “The rest is book-writing history.”

In 2003, Whitman and her sister wrote Shacking Up — The Smart Girl’s Guide to Living in Sin Without Getting Burned, published by Broadway Books, a division of Random House.

Whitman is about to have her second book published by Prentice Hall. Wants, Wishes, and Wills — Critical Medical and Legal Information Guiding Individuals in Sickness and In Health, which she wrote with oncologist Shawn Glisson, is scheduled to come out in spring 2007.

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