Heather Wimmer, director of athletics investment fund, dead at 47

Heather Lani Wimmer, who worked for Stanford Athletics as executive director of the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation Investment Fund, died Nov. 22 of brain cancer. She was 47.

A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at the Stanford Chapel. A reception will follow at the Arrillaga Alumni Center.

Born in Hawaii, Wimmer earned a bachelor’s degree in human biology from Stanford in 1984. She began working at Stanford 10 years ago, running the fund that pays for scholarships, salaries, housing, capital expenditures and supplemental operating funds in the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation.

Since her cancer diagnosis in May 2006, Wimmer spent time raising money for brain cancer research.

She is survived by her husband, Gary, whom she met at Stanford; two daughters, Rachel, 15, and Kelly, 13; her parents, the Rev. Norman and Dorothy Pfotenhauer; and four sisters, Vivian, Dorothy, Jane and Dawn.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in Wimmer’s name to the UCSF Foundation, Neuro Oncology Fund, P.O. Box 45339, San Francisco, CA, 94145-0339.