Arthur S. Weaver

LIMINGA – Arthur S. Weaver, 87, of Houghton Canal died on Wednesday evening, March 6, 2013, at Cypress Manor in Hancock.

He was born on Oct. 6, 1925, in Medford, Mass., graduated from Medford High School in 1942 and attended Tufts College where he was a member of the band and the lacrosse team.

He entered the Navy V-12 Officer Training Program after his freshman year and, due to the year round schedule, graduated from Tufts in 1945, cum laude in Mechanical Engineering. After Midshipmen’s School, he was commissioned an Ensign, USNR in November, and, after a tour of duty in Pearl Harbor, was discharged in September 1946. He then began teaching at Tufts College that fall in the Department of Engineering Drawing, also enjoying playing in the college orchestra and in the spring, playing with the Boston Lacrosse Club. In 1948 he joined the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Maine, where he taught and pursued an MS degree, catching up with it in 1954.

He was married to Madelyn Dolley of Augusta, Maine on June 21, 1949. She passed in September 1992.

In 1954, to gain engineering experience, he and his family moved to Rochester, N.Y., where he was a member of a team of designers of automatic machinery at Eastman Kodak Company. In March 1958, the family moved to Houghton to the Michigan College of Mining and Technology, or “Michigan Tech.” Here he rose through the academic ranks to professor, received the campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Award in 1961 and the Teaching Award of the Mechanican Engineering – Engineering Mechanics Department in 1984. He served on the Faculty Senate for several years and on tons of committees. He took early retirement in 1984, more than 10 years earlier than he anticipated.

During the next academic year, he served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Alaska on the Fairbanks campus, where he received Best Teacher Award of the Mechanical Engineering Department. He later filled in at Michigan Tech in several different quarters until 1997 when the department was faced with various emergencies.

He was a member of the American Society for Engineering Education since 1949, an original member of the Copper Country Unitarian Fellowship and the Copper Country Audubon Club. He was an enthusiastic birder and had written a book entitled “The Birds of Michigan’s Copper Country.”

He is survived by four daughters: Susan (Doug) Beckman of Kalamazoo, Mich., Alice of Portland, Ore., Carole (Robert) Radcliffe of Alamogordo, N.M. and Ellen (Jan) Rankinen of Houston, Texas; two grandchildren, Lauren (Scott) Bourgeois and Jordan Rankinen; one great-grandson, Korbin Bourgeois; his wife since 1998, Phyllis Boutilier; four step-children, Karen (Chris) Schwertfeger of Alameda, Calif., Elaine (Christian) Blackshear of Durango, Colo., Alan (Kathy) of Kent, Wash. and Eric (Joan) of Lake Zurich; three step-grandchildren, Janet, Joe and Elise Boutilier.

He was predeceased by his sister, Dorothy, of Liminga.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Keweenaw Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship in Houghton. Interment will be in the family lot in Liminga Cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Omega House, 2211 Maureen Ln., Houghton, MI 49931 or Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, 527 Hancock Ave., Hancock, MI 49930 in the name of Arthur S. Weaver.

The O’Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock is in charge of arrangements. To leave online condolences, please go to