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Verena Wise Endowment for Horticultural Studies

Verena Wise Bookplate

Story originally ran in Fall 2001 Perspectives.

Verena Joss Wise, born April 9, 1931 in Switzerland to Alfred and Lina Joss, died June 22, 2001 after a long battle with cancer.

In Switzerland, she trained in nursing. In 1958, she came to the United States and studied orthoptics at John Hopkins. She became a certified orthoptist, performing diagnosis and nonsurgical therapy of eye muscle problems in children and adults. She was the orthoptist at the Eye Muscle Clinic at the University of Oklahoma Department of Ophthalmology from 1961 to 1976, and then provided orthoptic services in her husband’s opthalmology practice from 1976 to 1998.

On September 28, 1968, she married James B. Wise, M.D., a widower with three small children, and for nearly 33 years brought great happiness to all of them. She was an active tennis player, a flower gardener who filled her house and yard with beauty, and a gourmet cook. She loved animals and always had multiple pets.

Among others, she supported the Dinners a L’Arts, the Art Museum, the Society for Prevention of Blindness, the Hospital Hospitality House and the James and Verena Wise Endowment Fund which honors outstanding student assistants at the OSU Library.

She and Dr. Wise traveled extensively in the Americas, Europe and Asia. She is survived by her husband, her stepdaughters Doris Jean and Lee Ann Wise, her stepson Ben Paul Wise and his wife Navideh, and two granddaughters Marlisa and Carolyn Wise.

In Switzerland she is survived by her three sisters Margaritte Schmutz, Rosa Bilang and her husband Gottlieb, and Anna Marie Erny and her husband Eddy.

Give to this Endowment

Some Local Resources:

View the items in the Verena Wise Endowment for Horticultural Studies.

View items held in the OSU Libraries about horticulture.


For information on the H. Louise & H.E. "Ed" Cobb Speaker Series presented by the Friends of the OSU Library, contact Debbie Clemons at or 405-744-7273.

For more information on giving to the Library contact the Tylerr Ropp at or 405-385-5664 or contact Jill Johnson at or 405-385-0733.