The Obit For Bob Weaver

Robert (Bob) Glenn Weaver

December 24, 2010

Robert (Bob) Glenn Weaver, 90, of Stone Valley, PA died December 22, 2010. Bob was born September 13, 1920 in Terre Hill, PA, the son of Clarence Weaver and Mary Oberholtzer and brother of the late Hazel Reifsnyder.

Bob received a B.A. from Duke University in 1943. He was a protégé of Connie Mack and pitched for the Duke Blue Devils. He also pitched exhibition games for the Philadelphia Athletics and played minor league professional baseball in Newport News, VA and Hickory, NC. After enlisting in the Army during World War II, he was selected to study Mandarin Chinese at Harvard University. He later served as a Chinese interpreter for the Chinese pilots training at Thunderbird Field in Glendale, AZ.

He began his post-war career as a high school teacher and baseball coach at New Holland High School, New Holland, PA 1947-1951 and English and Spanish teacher at Wyoming Seminary, Kingston, PA 1951-1954. He completed a Master's in English and Education at the University of Delaware in 1951. He was employed as Personnel Development Manager of the New Holland Machine Division of Sperry-Rand Corp. in New Holland, PA before moving to State College, PA to work as Training Director in the Personnel Department at Penn State in 1955.

In 1958, Bob joined Penn State's English Dept. and retired in 1985 as Professor Emeritus of English. He continued to work as a resident professor at the US Army War College in Carlisle, PA for many years after retirement from Penn State. Bob also was an avid writer, authoring or co-authoring six college textbooks, three suspense novels, a novel for boys, numerous articles, and many books of poetry.

He was a dedicated family man and married Margaret Farrer in 1941 and had a daughter, Karen. After Margaret's death in 1964, Bob married Patricia Narducci and had 2 children, Adam and Amy. Bob is survived by his wife, Pat Weaver, of Stone Valley, and children, Karen Mitchell, Adam Weaver, and Amy Mills. Bob is also survived by four granddaughters: Abby and Lydia Mills, Sarah Bough, and Erin Mitchell; and great-grandson, Nicklas Bough.

The family is planning a private celebration. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Way, Nebraska City, NE 68410. Online condolences can be directed to