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Ronald C Weger

February 22, 1941 - May 7, 2022

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Ron Weger was a kind, helpful, pleasant, and of course, very brilliant man. He often went beyond the call of duty as a professor to engage with and tutor students. He could explain complex concepts in a way that made them understandable to less brilliant people. I first got to know Dr. Weger in 1984, when, after 3 years in an engineering degree at Tech, I decided that mathematics was a better fit for me. But with math, came computers, and I had had a less than favorable experience with them in my initial programming classes. I chose Dr. Weger as my undergrad advisor, he encouraged me to change my major to computer science and he helped me navigate successfully through two really intense years of computer classes so I could graduate in reasonable time. He also encouraged me to go to graduate school and became my master’s advisor. He was always supportive. He was a friend. He liked to go for long walks and could converse about most any subject. I would often contact him when I returned to Rapid City to visit after I moved away. It was truly remarkable what he accomplished and learned in his life despite having severely impaired vision. When I think of people who were pivotal in guiding me to the very rewarding career I have now, he rises to the top. It is heartwarming to read how he touched the lives of so many. Melannie Hartman CSC 1986.

Posted by Melannie Hartman on June 3, 2022

Dr Weger was my professor in Calc I over 50 years ago so he was the first math professor that I was exposed to upon arrival at Mines. I remember thinking are all of these math professors that smart? While there were many good professors in the math dept he was special. Students and teaching were pretty much his life. He was single and lived in an apartment within a couple of blocks of campus and his door was always open. I remember many occasions in the evening when his apartment would be full of students sitting around on the floor doing homework and he would be moving around helping them. It didn't matter whether they were current students of his or what the subject was, be it math, physics or any engineering subject. He would go from one subject to the next changing subjects without hesitation. Dr Weger was kind, gentle and extremely intelligent. He was not only my professor for several classes, but also a mentor and a close friend while I was at Mines. I've often commented that he was the best teacher/professor that I ever had. The last time I recall seeing him was about this time in 1972 when he, another student whose name I can't recall and I hiked to the top of Harney Peak. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Roger Nelson on May 29, 2022

I was a Calc III student of Dr. Weger in 1993. He was kind, eager, and always made time for questions. He had a one of a kind personality. Rest in Peace.

Posted by Craig Anderson on May 27, 2022

Dr. Weger was truly an inspiration--brilliant, enthusiastic, and always willing to discuss details. He also gave amazing lectures with clear thought, great examples, and fascinating motivation (I remember a lecture starting with the history of civilization!). At a personal level, he was warm and always had amazing advice. He surely will be missed.

Posted by Bill Campbell on May 25, 2022

Dr. Weger was one of a kind. I was one of his undergrad and grad students 50 years ago and have never forgotten his equal parts of brilliance and kindness.

Posted by Lowell Crary on May 23, 2022

Dr. Weger was one of the kindest professors at South Dakota Mines. He was very caring and so intelligent. Although I haven't seen him in years, he is a man you don't forget. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Val Solano on May 16, 2022

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