Trevor Cecil Weekes aged 74, died at his home in Sahuarita on May 26, 2014 surrounded by his wife, Ann; sister, Laraine; daughters, Karina, Fiona and Lara; sister-in-law, Frances and brother-in-law, Paddy after a long battle with cancer. Trevor was born in Dublin, Ireland, to Gerard and Florence Weekes. He married Ann Owens, also from Ireland, in 1964. Trevor obtained his Ph.D. from University College, Dublin, in Physics in 1964. He came over to the United States in 1966, first living in Boston until he moved to Arizona where he helped start the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Trevor pioneered the techniques that the very successful Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System (VERITAS) telescope system uses to detect TeV gamma rays. He was the winner of numerous awards, including honorary degrees from the National University of Ireland and from the University of Chicago. He won the Rossi Prize of the AAS in 1997 and the Yodh prize of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics in 2007. Trevor took a deep personal interest in the welfare and careers of the many people he drew into very high energy astrophysics. He went out of his way to welcome new scientists into his collaborations and into his home. Trevor was recently honored by his colleagues around the world in a celebration humorously titled "Trevorfest" in which his achievements were honored by his many colleagues and former students. In addition to his scientific achievements, Trevor was a devoted husband and father. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Ann Katherine; daughters, Karina, Fiona and Lara; grandchildren, Catherine, Trevor, Frances and Lauren; sister, Laraine; sister-in-law, Pat; niece, Tara and numerous other brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and nephews and nieces. The family will miss the twinkle in his eye, his quick wit, and his great love. A Mass celebrating his life will take place at the Most Holy Trinity Church located at 1300 N. Greasewood, Tucson on Sunday, June 1st at 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Casa Maria, 401 E. 26th St., Tucson, AZ 85713 (www.casamariatucson.org).
Published in the Arizona Daily Star from May 30 to June 1, 2014