Obituary: Robert M. Weis, Associate Professor of Chemistry

October 23, 2013

Robert Mark Weis, 57, of Amherst, associate professor of chemistry, died Oct. 20 at home.

Born in Tallahassee, Fla., he spent his youth in Cincinnati, where he discovered his love of the natural world and science.

He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in chemistry, earned his doctorate in chemistry from Stanford University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley.

He joined the faculty of the chemistry department in 1988. He was a John and Fannie Hertz Graduate Fellow, a Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Fellow, a Beckman Young Investigator, co-founder of Protein Attachment Technologies, LLC, and was awarded three U.S. patents for his discoveries.

He leaves his wife, associate professor biology Elizabeth Connor, his son Connor James Weis, his mother, two brothers, two sisters-in-spirit, four nephews, a niece and many relatives and friends.

Calling hours will be held Friday, Oct. 25 from 5-8 p.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service in Amherst, and a celebration of his life will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. at St. Brigid’s Church in Amherst.

Contributions may be sent to the Fort River Elementary School Fund for Science Education, established in his memory, c/o Amherst Schools Business Office, 170 Chestnut St., Amherst 01002.