Todd Wehr

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C. Frederick "Todd" Wehr (April 14, 1889 -September 28, 1965) was an industrialist and philanthropist. He was co-founder of the Wehr Steel Company and founder of the Todd Wehr Foundation, Inc.


Wehr was a graduate of West Division High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and of Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York.[1]

He and his brothers comprised the executive team of the Wehr Steel Company, which was founded in 1910 by his father, Henry Wehr. The company manufactured steel alloy castings for machine parts, magnetic separators, and brakes. During World War II, it received numerous "E" awards from the government for excellence in steel production.

In 1958, when the company was re-organized as a division of the Wehr Corporation, Wehr became the chairman of the board, a position he held until his retirement in 1963.

Venturedyne bought Wehr Steel in 1986.

Todd Wehr Foundation[edit]

Wehr left the bulk of his estate to a trust set up for charitable religious, scientific and educational purposes. Many Wisconsin universities and cultural organizations have benefited from the Todd Wehr Foundation, including Viterbo University, which received a grant to renovate the facility that now bears the name Todd Wehr Memorial Library.[2] Marquette University also benefited from Wehr's philanthropy. Marquette has named its entire science complex after Wehr as well as a theater.[1]

The Todd Wehr Foundation is focused primarily on local Milwaukee giving, with an emphasis on elementary and high schools. The foundation focuses on large memorial gifts payable over several years, with emphasis on capital projects affecting children.



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