LAWRENCE A. WIEN
special category for individual achievement
inducted October 2, 2008
Towards the end of the 1970s, the original football stadium at Baker Field was still standing on the same spot that it had occupied for 50 years. When Columbia needed to replace the structure with a more modern venue, Columbia sought the generosity of its alumni and friends.
One such alumnus was Lawrence A. Wien, Columbia College Class of 1925 and Columbia Law School Class of 1927.
Lawrence A. Wien entered Columbia College in 1921, a classmate of another Columbia Athletics Hall of Famer, Lou Gehrig. Like his classmate, he also went on to considerable success after Columbia.
A founding partner of the law firm Wien, Malkin & Bettex, Wien became one of the foremost real estate investors in New York City history. His holdings included some of the City’s biggest landmarks such as the Empire State Building and the Plaza Hotel.
A Columbia Trustee from 1964 to 1970, Wien is one of Columbia’s greatest benefactors. His leadership gift allowed the University to construct Lawrence A. Wien Stadium in the early 1980s. Over the years, he contributed millions of dollars to Columbia – with significant contributions to athletics, including funds to build the Columbia soccer stadium and the Mae Wien Center for Women’s Athletics in Chrystie Field House.
A true Lion, Wien was awarded the Columbia College Alexander Hamilton Medal in 1981 and the Varsity C Athletics Alumni Award in 1984.