Tulane Alumni Association




Distinguished Alumnus/a Award 2002


John Weinmann

John Giffen Wienmann, former U. S. Ambassador to Finland, is one of Tulane's most prominent and dedicated alumni. 

He earned his bachelor's degree from Tulane's College of Arts and Sciences in 1950 and graduated from Tulane Law School in 1952. While at Tulane he was student body president, battalion commander of the Naval ROTC, co-manager of the football team, a member of the Tulane Law Review and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Order of the Coif and Omicron Delta Kappa.

Weinmann practiced law for 28 years at the firm of Phelps Dunbar and was general counsel for the Times-Picayune Publishing Corporation and Rathborne Land Company. 

He served as secretary of the Louisiana State Bar Association and as a member of the State Bar house of Delegates. He was the first recipient of the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award given by the Young Lawyers Sections of the Louisiana State  Bar Assocaition. He was chairman of the Junior Bar Conference of the American Bar Association, chairman of the Section of Bar Activities, secretary of the American Bar Endowment and a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegate.

He served as U.S. Ambassador to Finland from 1989 to 1991 and as Cheif of Protocol of the White House from 1991 to 1993. His other diplomatic activities include service as United States Commissioner General for the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition and Chief Delegate of the United States to the Bureau of International Expositions in Paris. He is a member of the Honorary Committee of the Swiss-American Cultural Exchange Foundation.

He has been a member of the Tulane Board of Administrators since 1981 and has served as the board's chair as well as chair of the Development Committee. Previously, he served on the Board of Governors for Tulane Medical Center from 1968 to 1981. He was chair of the Nominating Committee and the Tulane Parents Fund. He is a member of the Green Wave Club and has served on the advisory board for the Tulane Law Review. Weinmann Hall, the Tulane Law School building, is named in his honor. He was named Outstanding Law Alumnus in 1985 and Outstanding Alumnus of the Class of 1950 during their Golden Anniversary in 2000.

He formerly served as president and director of Waverly Oil Company, chairman of the board and director of Eason Oil Cmpany, director of the American Life Insurance Company of New York, director of the Allied Investment Corporation, member of the Metropolitan Area Committee and the Council for a Better Louisiana.

He has served as president of the board of Metairie Park Country Day School, vice-chair of the board of Trinity Episcopal School, and as governor of the Louisiana Society of Colonial Wars. In 1996, he was chosen as Rex, King of Carnival.

Weinmann's family has longstanding connections to Tulane. His late parents, Rudolph John Weinmann (A&S '14, L '16) and Mary Victoria Weinmann (NC '23) were both alumni. He is a native and lifelong resident of New Orleans, excluding his diplomatic postings in Finland and Washington, D.C. He is married to the former Virginia Lee Eason. They have five children. Two of their sons, Robert St. George Tucker Weinmann (B '87) and John Giffen Weinmann, Jr. (B '82), are Tulane alumni.

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