Bernard Weigman

Bernard Weigman ( / June 6, 2010)

Bernard J. "Bernie" Weigman Jr., who had taught at what is now Loyola University Maryland for more than 40 years and also chaired its physics and engineering department, died Saturday of prostate cancer at his Reisterstown home. He was 81.

The son of Bernard J. Weigman Sr., treasurer of the old Gunther Brewing Co., and Helen Lee Weger Weigman, a homemaker, Bernard Joseph Weigman Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised in Overlea.

After graduating in 1950 from Loyola High School, Dr. Weigman earned his bachelor's degree in 1954 from what was then Loyola College and a doctorate in physics in 1958 from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.

Dr. Weigman returned to Baltimore in 1958, when he joined the faculty of Loyola College. There, he taught physics and headed the department of physics and engineering until his retirement in 2004. He also was responsible for establishing the department of computer science.

During his years at Loyola, Dr. Weigman received the Alumnus of the Year Award in 1971, Distinguished Teacher Award in 1987, and Alumni Laureate Award in 1993.

In 2009, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Loyola for outstanding leadership and service to the Loyola University Maryland computer science department.

He was a former member of the Maryland Academy of Science and had been a consultant to Westinghouse Electric Corp., Edgewood Arsenal and Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Dr. Weigman was former chairman of the board of trustees of Loyola High School, which presented him the Father Joseph M. Kelly, S.J., Medal in 2008.

He was an Orioles and Ravens fan and was "able to enjoy one last win over the Steelers on Thanksgiving," said Becca Weigman, a daughter-in-law who lives in Dallas. "He also liked to read and was an intellectual through and through, and was devoted to the sciences, education and research."

Dr. Weigman was a communicant for more than 40 years of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Cockeysville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

In addition to his daughter-in-law, Dr. Weigman is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Joan Mary Schap; two sons, Mark R. Weigman of Towson and John P. Weigman of Dallas; two daughters, Mary Jo Stafford and Jane Mahon, both of Reisterstown; and 19 grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com