Lafayette dedicated the newly renovated Weinstein Natatorium during a Homecoming ceremony Oct. 1. The facility reopened in August after undergoing a dramatic transformation thanks to a major gift from Mike Weinstein ’70 and his wife, Jill.
The renovations feature the addition of striking exterior windows and significant upgrades to spectator seating and pool lighting. Major improvements also include new one-meter and three-meter diving towers, a new scoreboard, new mechanical systems, a new pool tank finish, and an upgraded race timing system.
Weinstein and Ruef Natatorium Retrospective
This gallery of slides takes a look back at the former Ruef Natatorium beside images of the new facility following renovations.
Dedication and Alumni Swim
An economics major at Lafayette, Mike Weinstein served as captain of the swim team and water polo team. He graduated with honors, was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1972.
Weinstein is chairman of INOV8 Beverage Consulting Group, which provides advisory services to multiple U.S. and international beverage companies. He is best known for leading the remarkable turnaround of the Snapple brand. He became CEO of Snapple in 1997 when Triarc Companies purchased it from Quaker Oats for $300 million, brought a new vision to the organization, and, within three years, orchestrated its sale to Cadbury Schweppes for $1.45 billion. Weinstein was recognized as the Beverage Industry Executive of the Year in 1999, was elected to the Beverage World Hall of Fame in 2000, and received the Visionary Award from Beverage Digest in 2004. In recognition of his professional achievements, Lafayette presented him its George Washington Kidd, Class of 1836, Award in 2007.