Marian Sigler Wessell


NAPLES, Fla, - Marian Sigler Wessell died Sunday in Naples, where she had resided for 10 years.

She was born in Sioux Falls, S.D., and spent her childhood and youth in Kansas City, Mo.

Mrs. Wessell had been a summer resident of Chebeague Island for 46 years. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wellesley College, she earned a master's degree in psychology from Brown University in 1938, the year she married Nils Y. Wessell.

She served as a reader in the Psychology Department of Wellesley College and a research assistant to Dr. Jerome Bruner of Harvard University. She remained active as president of her college class for five years after graduating from Wellesley. She was active as a volunteer in the Boston area during the time her husband was president of Tufts University and in New York City during her husband's tenure as president of Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Surviving, besides her husband, are a daughter, Roberta W. McCuskey of Los Angeles; a son, Nils H. of Mystic, Conn.; three grandsons, Brian McCuskey of Logan, Utah, Andrew McCuskey of Los Angeles and Nils W. Wessell of Mystic; and a great-granddaughter, Caitlin McCuskey of Logan.

At Mrs. Wessell's request, no memorial service will be held.

"Remembering Marian" by Nils Wessell.