Celebrating Albert B. Weaver

Celebrating Albert B. Weaver


[MUSIC PLAYING] My dad was a man who
valued education greatly… Dr. Albert Weaver was born in
a Montana mining town in 1917. Growing up during the Depression
and benefiting from the GI Bill after World War II shaped
his lifelong commitment to education and contributions
to the University of Arizona. He cared about
the little person. …and having the opportunity
to pursue an advanced degree. No matter how much
money you had, no matter where you came from… He wanted everyone to
have that opportunity. …you’d have a chance to get
the very best education you could get. Weaver earned his PhD in physics
at the University of Chicago in 1952 and was recruited by
UA President Richard Harvill to head the Physics
Department, part of an effort to make UA science programs
nationally competitive. He gave up his own research,
which was his love, in order to build the science
department in the U of A because he felt so strongly
that the sciences should be excellent. Educational excellence
with a big deal to him. Albert Weaver became Vice
President of Academic Affairs and Provost under President
John Schaefer, a position he held for over a decade. His service to
the university was one of the essential
ingredients that helped the University
of Arizona become an internationally recognized
institution and a science powerhouse. To celebrate Dr. Weaver’s
contributions to the U of A, the Science and
Engineering Library was named in his honor in 2018. I think he’d be awed. I don’t think he’d
expect it at all.

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