HARRY RICHARD WELLER
On November 19, 2016, the Weller, Moore and Joubert families lost Harry Richard Weller unexpectedly, but, we have every reason to believe, painlessly while he slept. He was 46. He was taken from us sooner than we can stand, but in a happy moment in his life and career and after a night spent with close friends talking about entanglement theory and college days. We will forever miss his brilliant mind, goofy wit, fierce love, and insatiable curiosity. Harry was a devoted father, husband, and son and a successful venture capitalist at New Enterprise Associates who guided many of the tech start-ups in this region. Helping entrepreneurs was not just his job but his passion and his avocation, too. He loved his companies and the people who ran them. At the time of his death he sat on more than a dozen boards of technology companies. He sometimes thought of being an entrepreneur himself but said he was "too A.D.D. to run a company." His talent, instead, was to see around corners and make great ideas happen. There was no technology, from data storage to A.I., that he didn't find fascinating. He loved fly fishing, Duke basketball, Colorado, live music, and spending time with his cherished friends. He was a family man who prioritized his wife, kids and extended family no matter how demanding his schedule, and we will live successful and fulfilling lives because of him and in honor of him. Harry grew up in Marietta, Ga., graduating from Wheeler High School. He attended Duke University on an R.O.T.C. scholarship, graduating in 1992. After college, he flew F-18s for the Navy and later became a management consultant at Deloitte & Touche. Harry earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, graduating with its highest distinction as a Baker Scholar. After early success at FBR Technology Venture Partners, Harry joined NEA, where he had worked since 2002. He is survived by his wife and sons, Rachel, Luke and Cash; mother Reggie; father Harry; and sisters, Samantha Rice and Vanessa McKeon. A service to celebrate his life will be held December 3, 2016, at 1 p.m. at The Maret School, 3000 Cathedral Ave, NW. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Harry R. Weller River School Future Fund, a project close to his heart that he believed would revolutionize deaf education as well as shift the paradigm on how we teach language and literacy. Visit the Harry R. Weller River School Future Fund at www.riverschool.net
or text WELLER to 91999.