Lavern Weber, Director 1977 - 2002
After Dr. Lavern Weber received his bachelors from Pacific Lutheran University in 1958, he went on to earn a M.S. in 1962 and then a Ph.D. in 1964, both from the University of Washington. He then spent time on the faculty at the University of Washington, and later became the acting Washington State toxicologist in 1969. The same year, he joined Oregon State University’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and soon became the Assistant Dean of the Graduate School. It was in 1977 that Dr. Weber became the new Director at Hatfield Marine Science Center. Lavern Weber was the first Director of the Marine Science Center to come from within the organization. During Dr. Weber’s time as the Director, Hatfield Marine Science Center was greatly expanded on many fronts. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expanded their facilities, the Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies (CIMRS), National Marine Fisheries Services' Alaska Fisheries Science Center fish behavior, and Coastal Oregon Productivity Enhancement (COPE) programs began along with the Lavern Weber Visiting Scientist program, which fosters collaboration across universities and agencies by bringing distinguished researchers to the HMSC community. Also during his time as Director, educational programs and student housing were expanded, the Guin library and the US Fish and Wildlife Services buildings were completed, the new OSU Ship Operations building was added, a new seawater system was installed, and the visitor center was remodeled.
The Lavern Weber Visiting Scientist program honors Dr. Weber's 25-year tenure by fostering collaboration across universities and agencies by bringing distinguished researchers to the HMSC community.
Dr. Lavern Weber was an active and honored member of the HMSC community until his death on May 5, 2014. Read more about Dr. Weber in Currents.