Robert (Bob) Weisman, Ph.D., passed away on July 2, 2014, at age 77. As a department chair, associate dean, interim dean, and consummate faculty member, Weisman served the university and the medical school for more than 30 years.
Weisman was recruited as the inaugural chair of the Department of Biochemistry, joining Wright State as professor and chair of the department in January 1977. Previously, he held faculty positions at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio, and the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
A native of Kingston, New York, he received his Bachelor of Science (with honors) in pharmacy from Union College in Tennessee, and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also held a staff fellowship at the National Institutes of Health and visiting professorships at the University of California-San Francisco and Washington University—St. Louis, in the fields of nuclear magnetic resonance and positron emission tomography—fields that are now mainstays for biomedical research.
In 1985, Weisman’s skills in these fledgling areas enabled him to help establish the Kettering-Scott/Wright State University Magnetic Resonance Laboratory, bringing together scientists and clinicians in the medical school and Kettering Medical Center. He served as the initial director of this laboratory and recruited several new scientists to spearhead biomedical research at Wright State using magnetic resonance technologies.
While serving as chair of biochemistry and director of the newly created magnetic resonance laboratory, he also served as director of the new Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program, a multidisciplinary program involving multiple academic departments across the school of medicine, the College of Science and Mathematics, and the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
Weisman stepped down as chair in 1989 after 12 years of service. Following a sabbatical at Washington University, he continued on as a faculty member and in new leadership positions in both the medical school and College of Science and Mathematics. During this time he served as associate dean in the medical school, driving forward the biomedical research enterprise, and as assistant, associate, and interim dean in the College of Science and Mathematics.
Even after retirement in 2004, Weisman came back to help the department by teaching medical school courses.
Passionate about classical music, Weisman was a classical music disc jockey at WDPR radio for 22 years. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Beverly Guterman, their children, and family and friends.