L. Austin Weeks Memorial Medal

Marta S. Weeks, 2008 Weeks Medal Recipient

Marta Weeks

Marta Sutton Weeks (Mrs. L. Austin) presently of Palmetto Bay, Florida, was born May 24, 1930 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The second daughter of a geologist’s family, she was reared on both the North and South American continents.

She received her early education in Holladay, Utah, and at the Bella Vista school in Maracaibo, Venezuela, later graduating from a high school – St. Mary-of-the-Wasatch Academy – in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1947. She went on to Beloit College in Wisconsin, then Stanford University, California, where she received a B.A. in political science in 1951. After her marriage to Austin Weeks (a geologist) in 1951, she lived in Utah, later moving to Colorado, California and Maryland before moving to Florida in 1967. She is the mother of two living children (one son died in a helicopter accident at age 23).

Mrs. Weeks’ job and business experience started at age thirteen when her father staked her to 200 cans of popcorn and she supplied popcorn to the local oil camp populace in Maracaibo, Venezuela. During her summers in college, she worked for the legal department of the Mene Grande Oil Co. in Caracas, Venezuela, and also for the Centro-Venezolano Americano teaching English to foreigners. She also worked for Household Finance Corporation, McKelvey  & McKelvey attorneys and  served as a director of Weeks Petroleum, Ltd. as well as the Weeks Air Museum.

She served three years on the Board of Trustees of Beloit College and sixteen years as trustee of the University of Miami where she currently presides as Chairman of the Board. She is also a trustee associate of the AAPG, consultant to the Center for Sexuality and Religion, a member of the International Solar Energy Society, priest-at-large in the Diocese of SE Florida and a dame in the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. Her memoir – Our Lord Was Baptized, You Know – was recently published. She has received honorary doctorates from the University of Utah and the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest.

Mrs. Weeks is a strong believer in education and supports various programs in the sciences and humanities. She loves to travel and says one of the most interesting places she’s ever been to was Antarctica.