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In Memoriam: July 2016

Published: July 18, 2016

Jerry L. Weaver, a member of the CSULB Political Science Department from 1966-77, passed away on May 10 in Newark, Ohio, at the age of 77. Weaver initially concentrated his research upon Latin American elites, with special reference to Guatemala. Among his articles was one titled “The Military Elite and Political Control in Guatemala” published in Social Science Quarterly, Vol. 50 (June 1969), 127-135. Subsequently, he explored continental problems in a volume he edited, Latin American Development Administration: Accomplishments of the 1960s, Research Priorities for the 1970s (Austin, Tex.: Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas, 1973); and in an article, “Arms Transfers in Latin America: A Note on the Contagion Effect,” Journal of Peace Research, Vol. 11 (1974), 213-219.

Weaver later became interested in issues of health care delivery. He wrote Conflict and Control in Health Care Administration (Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications, 1975); and Health Care and the Underserved: Ethnic Minorities, Women, and the Elderly (St. Louis: Mosby, 1976).

In the mid-1970s, he introduced health policy undergraduate and graduate courses, including “Politics of Health” and “Administration of Health Care.” He was also known for teaching many sections of the freshman American Political Institutions course at CSULB reserved for Economic Opportunity Program students, mostly African-Americans from lower-income backgrounds.

From 1975-77, while on leave from CSULB, Weaver directed the public administration program in the Political Science Department at UCLA. In a career shift in 1978, he joined the U.S. Foreign Service where, as a refugee affairs counselor assigned to the U.S. Mission in Sudan, he designed and led “Operation Moses”, a clandestine and privately financed movement of more than 10,000 Ethiopian Jews from Sudan to Israel from November 1985 to March 1986. For this latter accomplishment, he was honored by Vice President George Bush in 1985 with the State Department “Superior Honors” award.