Henry Weaver

Henry Weaver, 93, former Goshen College professor, provost and president, died Dec. 7, 2021. He was born May 5, 1928, to Henry and Sallie (Wenger) Weaver in Harrisonburg, Va.


He attended Eastern Mennonite School and College, now Eastern Mennonite University. As a 19-year-old in the wake of World War II, he became a “seagoing cowboy” and volunteered as a hand on a livestock boat delivering donated horses to war-torn Europe. 

He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from George Washington University in 1950 and a master’s degree in organic chemistry and doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Delaware in 1953. He married Mary Eby on June 7, 1952.

They started married life in Virginia, where he taught chemistry at Eastern Mennonite College. In 1957 they moved to Goshen, Ind. 

He worked for Goshen College for 22 years, from 1957 to 1979, as a chemistry professor and provost. In 1996 he returned as interim president. In the 1960s he was instrumental in developing Goshen’s Study-Service Term, one of the first programs in the nation to make international study a graduation requirement. 

In 1979 he and Mary moved to Santa Barbara, Calif., where he became deputy director of the Education Abroad Program of the University of California System. He retired in 1991. He worked all his life to help others have the kinds of life-expanding experiences with other cultures that he had. He was a traveler, photographer, ham radio operator, and lover of life. He was a cancer survivor who taught his family to take joy in each new day. He and Mary returned to Goshen in retirement. They were members of College Mennonite Church in Goshen. 

Survivors include four children, Sally (John) Weaver Glick of Goshen, Judy (Richard Aguirre) Weaver of Goshen, Debora Weaver of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., and J. Donald (Rosanna) Weaver of Hyattsville, Md.; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; and four siblings.


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