Richard Earle Weber, Sr., (PhD), passed away peacefully early in the morning of November 3rd, 2021, at the Senior Living Facility Stonebridge at Montgomery, in Skillman, NJ. He was 90 years old. He inspired all with his courageousness in facing advanced Parkinson’s Disease over an extended period of years. His daughter Lorena was present with him continuously during the last days of his life and said he passed with a smile on his face.
He is predeceased by his parents Harold Edward Weber, Sr. and Edna Livingston Weber (née MacKannan), his beloved wife Nancy Lorena Weber (née King), and is survived by his eldest brother Harold E. Weber, Jr., his son Richard E. Weber, Jr. and his wife Roberta Weber, his daughter Lorena Suzanne Telofski (née Weber) and her husband Richard Telofski, his grandson Alex Michael Weber, and his step-grandchildren Lucas Veloso and Julia Veloso.
Richard “Dick” Weber was born in Upper Darby, PA on January 20, 1931, and went to high school there where among other activities, and after winning many wrestling medals, he was co-captain of the wrestling team. In true Weber family tradition to join the Navy, he obtained a US Naval Reserve Officers scholarship to Tufts University in Boston and in his freshman year was All New England Champion for wrestling in his weight class. Due to family hardship, he obtained an honorable discharge from the US Navy, returning to NJ where shortly thereafter he married the love of his life, Nancy. They had met earlier when he was 15 in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ where she lived, and Dick always said that he knew he would marry her when he laid eyes on her the first day he saw her at the candy counter on the boardwalk. They did just that in 1950 and lived happily and in love past their 64th Anniversary, making East Brunswick NJ their “home”.
Dick and Nancy were avid travelers of the United States and Canada and were famous for their car journeys. In one story they had splurged and flown to San Francisco. During their stay a major earthquake occurred, waking Nancy while Dick calmly continued to sleep - until he got pushed out of bed by Nancy who was then “packed and ready to leave” before Dick was even fully awake. With Nancy wanting to “get out” before another quake they ended up leaving in the middle of the night and driving all the way back to New Jersey in a rental car! In their later years they spent many happy days and weeks enjoying the Jersey Shore vacationing on Long Beach Island and in Cape May. Their true delight in car travel was being able to see the beauty of our country while taking a true interest in learning the stories of those they met.
A real entrepreneur, at the beginning Dick owned and operated several different businesses. He designed in the electronics field where he obtained a patent for one of his inventions. In his 30’s, he decided to go back to college to study and attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Bent on obtaining his degree in Physics, much to his surprise he discovered a love for Economics, which inspired him to continue on to obtain his PhD.
He worked as Senior Economist for both PSEG and the State of NJ developing economic models, one of which was for a novel idea for what has become known as “zip cars”, and another of which importantly provided the first validation of the societal and economic benefits that would be associated with state-provided childcare centers. As his reputation in Economics and his spirit for innovative thinking became known, he was invited to work with Princeton University physicists, engineers and mathematicians on a program investigating possibilities for establishing building and construction platforms in space and the theoretical use of “elevator” systems to transfer materials out from Earth and back.
The next years were taken up with his true passion in life: teaching. As well as teaching, he served on the teachers’ union committee and helped negotiate salary increases for his fellow professors. After inventing a system to analyze the unique accounting systems of colleges, he spent many years traveling to and lecturing at other universities and advised them in their own negotiations. During this time, he remained a sought-after Economics expert in legal cases relating to unethical “churning” and other investment irregularities, and in one case his testimony was credited with a significant monetary award for an accident-disabled individual whose finances had been knowingly and inappropriately invested leading to a total loss of that individual’s financial security. He obtained his tenure at Monmouth University retiring after 25 years of meritorious service for which he was awarded the title, Professor Emeritus in Economics. In later years his passion for economics led him to continue to study and he found a new hobby: trading in the stock market from his laptop.
Known to various members of family and friends as “Dick, Dad, Pop-Pop, Uncle Dick, Dr. Weber”, and in his last years as “Professor, Mr. Weber, Poppy, or Doc” to his Stonebridge family, he always had a supportive and positive way of connecting with people. Both he and his wife had a truly inclusive love for all people and, also just like his wife, when Dick listened to your story, he took true interest in you as a person. He had a great sense of humor and a philosophy of focusing on the good that each person had within and giving to all he met. Always putting family first, he was a good and decent man, husband, father and more, and his family will smile as they think of him being in his dear wife’s embrace. As he did with life itself, he “did the ending” in perfection. He will be missed.
The family asks that you not send flowers, but that if you wish, a donation can be made to:
The Michael J. Fox Foundation. (https://www.michaeljfox.org/donate). Please select Donate in Tribute and In Memory Of and enter Richard E. Weber. (The Michael J. Fox Foundation has a charity score of over 91 earning it a 4-star rating. 88 cents of every dollar spent goes toward research. Donors can give in confidence.)
Due to the pandemic and out of an abundance of caution for the safety and wellbeing of our dear loved ones and friends, there will be no in-person visitation.