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Robert Joseph Weber, longtime political science chair at McDaniel College, dies

Robert Joseph Weber, longtime political science chair at McDaniel College, dies

Robert J. Weber, who chaired the political science department at McDaniel College for more than a decade and inspired future lawyers, judges and politicians while seldom giving them A's, died Nov. 12 of cardiac arrest at his home in Westminster. He was 79.

The Chicago-born professor joined the small, liberal arts college in 1969, and spent nearly 30 years instructing students with the rigorous Socratic teaching method. He would question their answers and challenge their beliefs to draw out ideas. In his small classes, there was nowhere to hide.

Former student Frank Kratovil Jr. once skipped class to play in a baseball game. The next week, Dr. Weber presented Kratovil with a...

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