It is with sadness that we report that Dr. Peter Weigand, professor of Geology at CSUN, passed away on September 26, 2003. The following is from the Los Angeles Times’ obituary: Peter W. Weigand, Emeritus Professor of Geological Sciences at California State University Northridge (CSUN), passed away September 26, 2003, in Los Angeles from complications during heart surgery. Dr. Weigand left behind a deeply personal and inspiring professional legacy and will be missed both personally and professionally by all who knew him. He was known for his enthusiasm for geology, for his dedication to students, and for his commitment to teaching excellence. He was honored with the 2003 Distinguished Educator Award of the Pacific Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and a 2002 Distinguished Teaching Award by the CSUN President’s Associates. At the time of his passing, Dr. Weigand was in the process of developing lecture materials and a resource website for local teachers focusing on the geology of Southern California. This effort will be continued by volunteers who were inspired by the passion and dedication of their mentor. Dr. Weigand led or co-led numerous educational field trips to local geological features not only for CSUN students, but also for local teachers and for societies for which he was a member. His research with students focused on improving our understanding of the character and origin of volcanic formations in the Santa Monica Mountains and nearby areas of Southern California. His research contributions were honored with the 1999 George Lefevre, Jr., Research Award from the CSUN Chapter of Sigma Xi Research Society. His most recent research focused on the volcanic rocks in the Neenach Formation near Gorman and in the Pinnacles National Monument and it along with previous work contributed to the body of knowledge on the offset along the San Andreas Fault in Central California. Dr. Weigand served as General Co-Chair of the 2001 first-ever join meeting of the Cordilleran Section of the Geological Society of America and the Pacific Section of The American Association of Petroleum Geologists and as Vice President of the Thomas W. Dibblee, Jr. Geological Foundation since 2000. Dr. Weigand loved spending time with his family, traveling, reading science-friction books, playing at the beach, collecting dinosaur memorabilia, watching Dodger baseball games and Sunday football, reading the Los Angeles Times, and enjoying a good cup of Starbucks coffee. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, granddaughter, and a brother. Services honoring Dr. Weigand were held on October 18 both in Woodbury, Connecticut and on the CSUN campus. The family requests that for those who wish, donations may be made to heart imaging research: USC Cardiovascular Research Fund (please write on check memo line: Pohost (PWW) or the Peter Weigand Scholarship Fund at CSUN. In addition, blood donations can be made at any Kaiser Permanente facility indicating that the blood is to replace blood given to Dr. Weigand.
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