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Robert Mark "Bob" Weis 1956 - 2013

Robert Mark "Bob" Weis

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November 18, 2013
Although I have not seen Bob in many years, he left a lasting impression on me ever since we met at U.C. Berkeley. Like the other members of the Koshland lab, I smile when I remember Bob's fun and mischievous side. Lab outings, for which Bob was a tacit provocateur, are very fond memories for me. We would pile into his red pickup truck for an evening excursion, excited on the way out and exhausted on the way back. In the lab, Bob displayed a great breadth of scientific knowledge and I am grateful that I had the chance to work with him and for the inspiration he shared with me. Scientific conversations with him always revealed his genius and innovation and served as strong motivation for further learning. I extend my heartfelt condolences to Elizabeth, who I remember as a perfect complement to Bob, and to his son who Bob described with great pride and love the last time I spoke with him. Blessings to your family in this challenging time.
October 31, 2013
I am very sorry to hear about Bob passing away. He was brilliant and very funny. We shared a bench in the Koshland lab and, because my middle name is Robert, I became Greg Bob. Bob was a prankster. We traded giving each other minor heart attacks by wiring rubber nipples onto the compressed air nozzle, turning the valve on, and leaving he room. There was also the late night contests to see who could shoot 50 ml tubes furthest down the hallway by sealing dry ice in the tube and firing them out of pipette containers. Bob was not only a talented chemist and biologist but also a competent electrical engineer. For the longest time, he was building some kind of device with circuit boards, switches, lights, transistors, capacitors, and a stepping motor he obtained from the Berkeley Radio Shack. I've forgotten what it was for but it was amazing to me that he knew how to do so many things. My clearest memory of Bob was of him staring at a computer monitor watching his tethered mutants spinning under a microscope. “Which way are they spinning today Bob?” It was always clockwise or counterclockwise. My sympathy to Elizabeth who I remember as his true soul mate from the way he spoke of her those many years ago, and also to his son, who I never met but imagine has a bit of the prankster in him as well.
October 23, 2013
I worked with Bob in Dan Koshland, Jr.'s laboratory in the Department of Biochemistry at UC Berkeley. He was a postdoctoral fellow when I was a graduate student. He actually picked up a project that I had been working on somewhat reluctantly and did a much finer job with it than I ever could have done. Bob was very smart and very funny; is it appropriate for me to share with everyone that he was referred to as "The Prince of Mischief?"
Bob was also generous and caring. When I cut my palm with the glass from a broken sidearm of a defective filter flask and essentially went into shock because of the blood loss (I still have a large scar), it was Bob who got me to the hospital. I had the privilege of continuing as Bob's friend; he hosted me in Amherst and I hosted him in West Lafayette, IN. I was able to visit him most recently just after Memorial Day. A brave man.

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