Mort Wilner was a two-sport star at Penn, leading the Quakers on the diamond and gridiron.
As a three-year varsity baseball player, he was captain and second base for Penn’s 1929 and 1930 teams, leading the Quakers to a combined 41-13 record in those two years (including 22 wins in 1929, a school record that lasted until 1974). As a member of three Quadrangular League championship teams (1928-30), Mort was a three-time all-league selection and is a member of Penn’s Baseball Hall of Fame.
In football, Mort was an honorable mention All-America quarterback his senior year, and led the Quakers to a combined 15-3 record his last two years.
He did all this while maintaining his place on the Dean’s List for eight semesters, and in 1930 he was voted by his classmates for the Spoon Award, making him the first Jewish American to earn one of Penn’s senior honors.
Later in life, Mort served as an alumni trustee from 1965-70, a term trustee from 1970-78, and was an emeritus trustee from 1978 until his death in 2000. Chair of the Washington Area committee of Penn’s Capital Campaign in 1967, he founded Penn’s alumni club in Washington, D.C., and served as its president for several years. Mort received the University’s Alumni Award of Merit in 1976. He had three children go on to attend Penn, as well as many grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.