September 2, 1916 ~ March 15, 2008

Born in: Alliance, Ohio,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Asheville – Dr. Robert Calvin Weast, 91, of Asheville, passed away March 15, 2008, at his home. He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Margaret Weiser Weast, who died in 1984. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Ann Koebel Weast; son, R. Randolph Weast, M.D. and his wife, Donna, of Asheville; daughter, Marilyn W. Rorick and her husband, Jay Thompson Rorick, M.D. of Annapolis, MD; stepdaughter, Patricia Ann Walker and her husband, Keith, of Warren, OH, stepson, Walter Mallorie of Lottsburg, VA, and stepdaughter, Barbara MacIsaac and her husband, Donald, of Wellesley, MA; five grandchildren, seven step grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Dr. Weast was born in Alliance, Ohio, on September 2, 1916. He graduated from Mount Union College, earned his Master's degree from Syracuse University, and was awarded his doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Illinois. During World War II he was involved in classified research. From 1945 through 1962, Dr. Weast was a member of the faculty of Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio, rising to the rank of full professor and acting as chairman of the Chemistry Department. In 1952, while still working at Case, Dr. Weast became Editor-in-chief of the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, for many years the most widely used reference book for scientific data in the world, a position he held for 37 years until his retirement in 1989. In 1962, he left Case to become vice president and Director of Research for Consolidated Natural Gas Corporation. While employed by Consolidated, Dr. Weast was instrumental in developing a coordinated research program throughout the natural gas industry which eventually led to the formation of the Gas Research Institute. Dr. Weast was the first chairman of the GRI Technical Advisory Committee. From 1972 to 1980 he was the sole American representative to the International Gas Union Committee on Basic Gas Research. In 1976, he was the recipient of the American Gas Association award for significant research in the natural gas industry. In 1980 he retired from Consolidated and began work on the Handbook of Data on Organic Compounds, a nine volume reference work published in 1985. He was a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society. In 1983, Dr. Weast moved to Asheville. From 1985 to 1989 he was Vice Chairman of the Board and Director of Corporate Planning of the Perfection Corporation. He was a member of the Civitan Club, the Asheville Downtown City Club, served on the Board of the Alzheimer's Association and was the founder of the Crowfield's Investment Club. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church. Services will be held at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Monday, March 24, at 4:00 P.M. A reception will follow at the Crowfield's Clubhouse. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to A-B Technical College Foundation (designated for the Compensatory Education Program), 340 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC 28801.

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  1. There’s nothing really awful about this big budget version of the classic comic/cartoon series; there’s also nothing really great about it either. In transporting the friendly spook into the modern realm, we get okay effects and a few laughs, but nothing to earn it classic status. This time, Casper and his naughty trio of friends haunt an old manor recently inherited by a greedy woman and her cohort. A treasure is supposedly hidden within its walls, so she hires a ghost ‘shrink’ and his precocious teenage daughter to rid the house of the spooks. Kids will probably find it amusing, although there is some strong language and sexual innuendo. Bill Pullman and Christina Ricci try gamely to make it work, and they’re adequate but it’s really Cathy Moriarty in her best Cruela Deville impersonation who steals the acting honors.
    All harmless fun but it didn’t inspire any sequels so that should tell you something.

  2. I am very sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed Bob’s company and his entertaining stories. He will be missed by me and my family very much.

  3. Ann,
    Dick and I are so sorry to hear about Bob’s passing as he was an amazing man. Dick soooo enjoyed talking to him about the chemistry manual and sharing stories. We were so glad to meet him and share some visits with you here in Florida. I know you will miss him and remember all the good times you had together. You are always in our thoughts and prayers.
    Nancy Catron & Dick Garritson

  4. Dear Weast family,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Bob lived a wonderful life and we are glad that we had the privilege of knowing him and Ann.
    Regis and Ellen Kaufman

  5. Dear Weast Family: We were so sorry to hear about Bob.For the last 20 something years we have talked to him monthly when he would call for an update on the Crowfield’s Club. He was always a gentleman and always had a kind word for anyone he came in contact with. You are all in our thoughts. We will miss our monthly talks..

  6. Dear Weast & Rorick Families: We want you to know our thoughts are with you during this tough time. I don’t remember many stories about Bob, but in recent history he told me a story of how my father came over the day I was born and stuck a cigar in his mouth and exclaimed “It’s A Boy!” Every time I think of Bob I will think of that story ‒ They were two great gentlemen! Here’s to great times and great people from Cleveland Heights Blvd. Buzz & Mary Ellen Price

  7. To all the Rorick’s and Weast’s I want to extend my condolences. Bob and Margaret were like my second parents for all those summers in Michigan – and growing up on Cleve. Hts. Blvd, too! Of course, I will never forget either of them or those wonderful times of which they were an integral part. Thank you, Bob! Thank you, Margaret! Love, KP

  8. To Marilyn and Randy: We are saddened to learn from Buzz of your father’s death. We shared a humber of years of good times with both your father and your mother in both Cleveland Heights and in Michigan.


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