Dr. William A. Weber

* November 16, 1918, New York City – † March 18, 2020 Longmont, CO

William A. Weber
(Photo: Weber Family Archive)

It is with deep sorrow we announce the passing at the age of 101 of our dearly loved father, grandfather and great-grandfather – Dr. William Alfred Weber. He passed away on March 18, 2020 peacefully in his sleep with family present at the TRU Community Care Hospice of the Longmont United Hospital in Longmont, Colorado, while recovering from a recent fall. His final views through his windows were of his beloved Rocky Mountains, including a panorama view of the Indian and Long’s Peaks.

Dr. Weber leaves a rich and lasting legacy, both personal and professional. His family, friends and colleagues the world over will dearly miss him. His infectious, child-like curiosity and speculations over the workings and wonders of nature have been an inspiration to all who knew him. His eclectic knowledge and storytelling abilities were astounding. His wide and deep scientific knowledge and works, encompassing lichenology, bryology, and vascular plants, will continue to inspire botanists for years to come.

This website will be maintained and expanded as a lasting memorial to Dr. Weber’s memory and work. Our journal Acta Botanica Weberi will continue to issue Dr. Weber’s hitherto unpublished and unfinished writings. The latest issue of Acta Botanica Weberi, ABW3 Philonotis in Colorado, has just been published today – Dr. Weber was still able to contribute final touches to this issue, but regrettably could not see its publication. This is thus the first posthumous issue.

We would invite anyone who wishes to post their memories of Dr. Weber here below:

3 thoughts on “Obituary

  1. Patrick Kociolek March 27, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    So sorry to hear this news of Bill’s passing. He built an amazing collection at CU-Boulder, and his scientific work was as monumental. His impact on the Museum of Natural History, and on the fields of Botany, Bryology and Lichenology, will be remembered for generations. On behalf of the faculty, staff and students of the Museum of Natural History at the University of Colorado, Boulder, we extend our condolences to his family, and give thanks for all Bill contributed to the scientific research, collection-building and stewardship, and education in the formal and informal realms of the institution. We will all miss him. Patrick Kociolek, Director of the Museum of Natural History.

  2. Chris Cordrey March 27, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    I regret never getting to meet great “Uncle Bill“ as well as “Aunt” Sammy but I’ve heard stories about both if them for years. I once wrote Uncle Bill a letter about his opinions about herbology back in early 90’s as I was considering attending college at the University of Colorado in Boulder. I often wish I had decided to attend there and had gotten to know that side of my family better. What a great man who lived a long and beautiful life and left behind a legacy of amazing people whom I Love! ❤️ We will all miss him and honor his memory.
    -Chris Colette Stephenson (nee Burchett nee Cordrey)

  3. Liz Rosenthal March 23, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    Dr. Weber was tremendously helpful to me in the research I was doing for my biography of Roger Tory Peterson. I’m glad that I got to know him a little bit. He was an amazing person. Please accept my sincerest condolences.

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