A Tribute to a friend of Murray State, Janice Weaver
With the death of Dr. Janice Farmer Weaver, retired dean of the college of education, Murray State University lost more than just a beloved former administrator; it lost one of the best friends it has ever known.
Alongside Richard (Dick) Weaver, her husband of 51 years who survives her, Janice supported MSU in every way possible. From the time she began her tenure at Murray State, she and Dick developed a long history of giving both financially and personally. They attended university functions, alumni gatherings and every sporting event that they could, often meeting and getting to know the student athletes personally. Together the Weavers established three separate scholarships for students and donated generously to countless clubs, projects, organizations, funds and teams on campus and in the community. The Weaver Center for Academic Enhancement was opened in 1977 at MSU and was named in their honor. The Dr. Janice Farmer Weaver Conference Room, located in Alexander Hall, was dedicated in 2002 in honor of Dr. Weaver’s countless contributions to the MSU College of Education.
As Janice’s health began to fail over her last years, Dick chose to lovingly take care of her at home with very little assistance and in spite of his own personal health issues.
During that time Dick was asked why he’d made that decision and he answered, “When we married, we said that it would be for better or worse. We’ve had the better, now we’re dealing with the worse. However, we can handle it…together.”
Dr. Jan Weaver’s death last November left a hole in the university, as well as in the Murray-Calloway County community, but her legacy will remain. Her many personal and professional achievements and contributions will be remembered by everyone lucky enough to have known her.