Oregon Coast Community College Interim President Bruce Koike announced Tuesday that former Director of Hatfield Marine Science Center, Dr. Lavern Weber, has passed away after being injured from a fall last week. Koike said Dr. Weber had been admitted to an assisted living facility then to a Corvallis hospital where an X-ray revealed he’d suffered a back fracture from the fall.
Dr. Webber was, among a great many other things, a board member of the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts which listed a professional biography of Dr. Weber on the OCCA website:
Dr. Lavern Weber received his B.A. from Pacific Lutheran University in 1958; and an M.S. (1962) and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington (1964). Dr. Weber’s research has focused on comparative pharmacology and toxicology; particularly, the nervous system and cardiovascular system. He had held a number of positions during his tenure at Oregon State University, including Director of Hatfield Marine Science Center, Associate Dean in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Director of the Cooperative Institute for Marine Resource Studies, Superintendent for the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, and Professor with both Pharmacology and Fisheries & Wildlife Departments. He had served as President of the National Association of Marine Laboratories, and is an Adjunct Professor at the Oregon Coast Community College. For the community, he has served on the Oregon Crab Commission and on the Board of Trustees, Newport Public Library. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Oregon Coast Aquarium. On a professional note, Dr. Weber was named 1992 OSU Distinguished Alumni Professor. On a personal note, he was chosen 1989 Boss of the Year (OPA, OSU). He recently retired as Director of the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center. Lavern was named Community Legend of 2006.