David Weaver

1943 - 2006

David C. Weaver died in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on April 3, 2006, at the age of sixty-three. Born in Dudley, England, Weaver received his BA degree in geography from the University of Manchester in 1964. He pursued graduate work in geography at the University of Florida, receiving his MA in 1967 and his PhD in 1972. In 1980 he added a Masters in Community Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Weaver taught at West Georgia College from 1970 through 1977, moving to the University of Alabama in 1977 as associate professor. He was promoted to professor in 1982, and became departmental chair in 1987, a position he held for thirteen years. After stepping down from the chair’s position, Weaver continued to be an active contributor to departmental operations and a mentor to undergraduates, graduate students and faculty alike. He made substantial contributions to the development of the department’s night program.

Weaver’s teaching interests and abilities included historical geography, the geography of National Parks, introductory physical geography, climatology, geography for teachers, a wide array of planning topics, and the geography of Europe, the Middle East, and the American South. As part of Weaver’s efforts on behalf of K-12 teachers, beginning in 1990, he provided annual teacher workshops to improve geographic and environmental education to teachers in conjunction with the Alabama Geographic Alliance, and Legacy Inc., Partners in Environmental Education.

Weaver first joined the AAG in 1964. In 1992 he received the Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award from the NCGE, and in 1997 he received the Outstanding Service Award from SEDAAG.

Weaver’s research was published in such publications as the Journal of Tropical Geography, the Tijdschrift voor Economishe en Sociale Geografie, the Southeastern Geographer, The Professional Geographer, and the Journal of Geography, among others, as well as several books and monographs, technical reports, and maps.

David C. Weaver (Necrology). 2006. AAG Newsletter 41(6): 16.