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Horst L. Weber ’47

Horst L. Weber ’47, July 31, 1997, in Everett, Washington, after a six-year struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. Jack served in World War II as a navigator with the army air corps before coming to Reed. After graduation, he attended Oregon State University and earned an MA in chemistry in 1949. He went to work as a research chemist in the industrial products division of Pabco Fiberboard Corporation in Emoryville, California, and remained with the company for 28 years. While there, he helped develop the first asbestos-free process for the manufacture of pipe insulations, and in 1975 he received the Fibreboard Inventors Award for this and other patents. After retiring from the company in 1979, Jack and his wife entered the Peace Corps and worked in Korea for a year. They then moved to the Seattle area, where he studied computer science at Griffin College, Bellevue, and taught there for several years before his second retirement in 1987. He was an active volunteer with public schools in Seattle and Everett, where he tutored elementary children and provided ESL instruction. Survivors include his wife, a son, a daughter, a sister, a brother, and five grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 1998

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