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WEAVER, Dr. Charles Edward Dr. Charles Edward Weaver, who resided on Saint Simons Island, GA, passed away early morning Tuesday, September 12, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Janice Hartland Weaver of Saint Simons Island, GA, his daughters Pat Weaver, of Topanga, CA, and Allison Seferian, of Hilton Head, S.C. along with his two grandchildren, Alissa Guler, of Burlingame, CA, Aisha Quaintance, of Menlo Park, CA, and his two great grandchildren, Leila and Cooper Quaintance, of Menlo Park, CA. His eldest daughter, Alaine Robin Harris, who resided on Saint Simons Island, Ga, passed away April of 2017. Dr. Weaver was born in Lock Haven, PA, in 1925 and served as a naval lieutenant during World War II serving in the battle of Okinawa. He later matriculated at Penn State University where he received a Ph.D. in mineralogy in 1952. He embarked on an illustrious career in the oil business first with Shell Oil in Houston, TX, followed by Continental Oil in Ponca City, OK, where he distinguished himself internationally with groundbreaking research in the field of clay mineralogy, shale and sedimentology and its correlation to oil deposits. Dr. Weaver then joined the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) as an associate professor of geology. He founded and was the first director of the School of Geophysical Sciences from 1970 to 1981. During his 22 years at Georgia Tech, he published more than 40 scientific papers, administered 11 large research grants and authored five academic books including "Chemistry of Clay Minerals," an authoritative reference book which he co-authored with Lin Pollard. Dr. Weaver has received numerous awards including the Mineralogical Society of America Award as the outstanding mineralogist under the age of 35 in 1958, the first person from industry to receive the award; a Battelle Memorial Institute Award for Exceptional Performance in 1979 for his work in shale and high-level radioactive waste; a Distinguished Member Award from The Clay Minerals Society in 1985, and he was honored with a Regents Professorship at Georgia Tech in 1982. He was president of the Georgia Geological Society in 1966 and president of The Clay Minerals Society in 1968. In addition, he created the "Weaver Index" a geological standard of measure evaluating grades of metamorphism. Dr. Weaver was an avid athlete, playing tennis and racquet ball into his 80s and running up to 6 miles a day well into his 60s. After he retired with his wife, Jan, in the early 80s, splitting their time between Highlands, NC, and Saint Simons Island, GA, he took up pottery and continued a life-long fly fishing hobby. Dr. Weaver was revered by his family who relished his dry wit, high standards, love of the Appalachian region and appreciation for art, especially the local artists in and around the N.C. mountains which make up a large part of his painting collection. Dr. Weaver was a much beloved father who always put his family first, instilling in his children a strong work ethic, a humble appreciation for the gifts of life and a strong belief in one's self. A uniquely determined self-starter, Dr. Weaver grew up during the Great Depression, parlaying his career in the Navy into an accomplished academic career under the auspices of the G. I. Bill, eventually becoming an internationally acclaimed man of science. He was a devoted husband and will be greatly missed by his family, who will hold a memorial in Hilton Head, S.C. in late October to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Salvation Army, a charity long cherished by Dr. Weaver. CONTACT: Pat Weaver (daughter): 323-363-2297, [email protected]
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 24, 2017
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