AMHERST - Robert Mark Weis, 57, of Amherst, died Sunday, October 20, 2013, at home.
Born Aug. 31, 1956, in Tallahassee, Fla., he was the third son of Verna Kugler Weis and the late Vernon Weis.
Bob spent his youth in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he discovered his love of the natural world and science. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in chemistry, earned his doctorate in chemistry from Stanford University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California Berkeley.
Bob joined the faculty of the chemistry department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1988 where he shared his passion for science with numerous students and colleagues. Bob was a John and Fannie Hertz Graduate Fellow, a Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Fellow, a Beckman Young Investigator, co-founder of Protein Attachment Technologies, LLC, and was awarded three U.S. Patents for his discoveries.
Bob is survived by his loving wife, colleague and friend, Elizabeth Connor and his beloved son Connor James Weis. Also surviving Bob are his mother Verna Kugler Weis of Forest, Va.; his two brothers, Richard Weis (Barbara Rogers) of Lexington, Ky., and William Weis (Marta) of Lynchburg, Va.; his sisters-in-spirit Mary Jane Connor of Easton, N.Y., and Kathleen Connor (Thomas Cove) of Takoma Park, Md.; his nephews Jeff Weis (Valerie Feldman), Kevin Weis, William Cove, and Jack Cove; his niece Elizabeth Cove; and many relatives and friends.
He will be remembered for his gentle nature, humility, wry humor, hours coaching Connor's soccer and basketball teams, and his resilience in the face of great adversity.
Calling hours will be held Friday, Oct. 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service in Amherst, and a celebration of Bob's life will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m. at St. Brigid's Church in Amherst.
Contributions may be sent to the Fort River Elementary School Fund for Science Education, established in Bob's memory, c/o Amherst Schools Business Office, 170 Chestnut St., Amherst, MA 01002.
Bob's courage and perseverance were examples to us. He will be dearly missed by his students, friends and family.
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Amherst, MA 01002
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Oct. 23, 2013