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Jerome Westheimer Jr. `58

Jerome Westheimer Jr. `58


Jerome ‘Jerry’ Westheimer demonstrated a pioneering spirit leaving his home in Ardmore, Oklahoma, in the summer of 1956 to attend Robert Louis Stevenson School as a junior. Given his competency in golf, Jerry and his parents looked for a strong prep school having a great golf program to offer in addition to rigorous academics. Upon his arrival he was invited by an RLS student to play in the summer championship event at Pebble Beach Golf Course. With his roommate, Ken McGilvray ’59, as his caddy, Jerry beat the defending champion—thus beginning a love affair with the school, the Monterey Peninsula, and the game of golf.

During the 1956-57 school year, Jerry and his teammates led the Pirates to a perfect 12-0 record in match play competition. As a result, the team was selected as the Northern California Champion and was featured on the cover of Golf Magazine. The perfect record began a two-year streak of 27 straight undefeated matches.

The 1957-58 golf season began with Jerry still undefeated. The team played 18 matches that year, winning all but three. Jerry’s undefeated streak reached 27 in a row, which remains a school record for match play competition. His two-year record totaled 29 wins and one loss—a record that will never be broken, as the school no longer competes in match play. During this period, he defeated the Stanford University’s number one player for their freshman team.

Jerry attended the University of North Texas, but chose to not play golf in college, as other interests took precedence. However, he continued to play at a competitive level, winning his local club championship at age 21 followed by another title at age 44.

A lifelong philanthropist, Jerry has donated over $4 million dollars to colleges for scholarships for student in need, including Stevenson School. The Jerome Westheimer Family Foundation has donated over $16 million dollars to social services, schools, colleges, cities, etc.