Alzheimers Foundation of Staten Island
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Gladys Schweiger, executive director of the Alzheimer's Foundation of Staten Island, who was a tireless advocate for the borough's youth, seniors, the frail, and less fortunate. Mrs. Schweiger's firm but compassionate leadership guided and influenced a number of community-based non-profit organizations in the borough including the Boy Scouts, Red Cross and the Rotary Club, as well as the Community School Board,
A registered nurse by profession, Mrs. Schweiger began her career in 1960 as a nurse at the former Richmond Memorial Hospital in Prince's Bay. She spent 18 years of her nursing career at this location. She worked with former Borough President Ralph Lamberti for a brief time as his non-profit cultural liaison. She moved on to the Staten Island Chapter of the American Red Cross for 10 years before taking over as executive director of the Alzheimer's Foundation of Staten Island.
Mrs. Schweiger served as a board member of numerous organizations over the course of her career but focused her efforts on being an advocate for the borough's youth and seniors.
She served in an elected role as a member of the Community School Board for District 31, and was involved in the Staten Island Federation of Parent-Teacher Associations.
She had been active with the Boy Scouts of America for more than four decades. At the time of her death she had been involved in the campaign to preserve Pouch Camp in Sea View. Mrs. Schweiger was the recipient of two of Scouting's highest honors, the Vigil Honor bestowed by the Order of the Arrow, and the Silver Beaver Award, which is the highest adult honor in Scouting. For all of her work, she was chosen as a Staten Advance Woman of Achievement in 1978, and over the past few years has served as a judge on the Woman of Achievement selection committee.
Mrs. Schweiger was also a past president of the Rotary Club of Staten Island. Her time with Rotary began in 1987, and her responsibilities over the course of the years were felt at every level of the organization and its outreach activities in the community. Among the Rotary activities she involved herself with are the annual distribution of Thanksgiving food baskets; the awarding of Rotary scholarships to borough students; the Rotary's Coats for Kids campaign, and numerous fund-raising activities. For her service to the club, she has been acknowledged with numerous awards. In 1994 she was named a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and in 1999 she was named Rotary Giant.
She was also a member in St. John's Episcopal Church in Fort Wadsworth, and was instrumental in the construction of Canterbury House, a senior residence on the ground of the church.
Mrs. Schweiger was born and raised on Staten Island, and was a Dongan Hills resident.