Richard A. Weaver

Monday, June 11, 2007

Richard A. Weaver, 72, of Holiday Island, died May 31, 2007. He was surrounded by his wife and children at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Rich is survived by his wife and best friend, Alice French; his children Kay Weaver Serrins, R. Bradley Weaver and his wife Susan, and Rodney Kevin Weaver; his grandchildren Hayley Serrins Gray, Jason Weaver, Megan Weaver, Thomas Weaver, and John Weaver; his great-grandson Anthony Gray; his sister-in-law Carol Martin and her husband Henry; his sister-in-law Linda Weaver; two nephews Chadwick Martin and Detrick Martin; six nieces and innumerable friends throughout the United States.

Rich was born on Sept. 20, 1934, in Okmulgee, Okla. He spent his formative years in Oklahoma City and in Russell, Kan. Rich received his higher education at the University of Oklahoma (B.F.A., M.F.A.) and at the University of Missouri (Ph.D.)

He taught speech and drama in high schools and colleges until he moved to Lubbock, Texas, to serve as chair of the Texas Tech University Department of Theatre and Dance from 1972 to 1994, where he participated in the development of the Fine Arts Doctoral Program, establishment of the Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts programs, the addition of Dance to the Department of Theatre, and the construction of the Lab Theatre and theatre office complex.

Although his theatrical specialty was theatre administration, Weaver published four plays, several journal articles, directed more than 50 plays, presented over 78 convention papers and addresses, and served as a managerial consultant to other theatre departments.

A memorial service to honor and celebrate the life of Richard Weaver will be held on June 16 at 10 a.m. in the Conservatory at the Crescent Hotel, 75 Prospect Avenue, in Eureka Springs.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Richard A. Weaver Theatre Scholarship Endowment, Office of Institutional Advancement, Texas Tech University, P.O. Box 41081, Lubbock TX 79409-1081.

Arrangements were by Rollins Funeral Home of Rogers.