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In Memoriam
Dr. David Lee Weis

friend, colleague, teacher, and sexologist,
who died of diabetes complications at age 52 on September 5, 2003



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David Weis was a major contributor and coeditor of the United States chapter in IES (volume 3; 1997), the 1998 updated Sexuality in America: Understanding Our Sexual Values and Behaviors, and in the 2003 U.S.A. update in the present expanded single-volume Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality.

In late August, when David emailed us the last of his major summaries and updates for CCIES, we called to thank him for his usual lucid and penetrating summaries. We were delighted with his contribution, and he was happy with our delight. Two weeks later, we were formatting and integrating his contributions when a family friend called with news of his totally unexpected death. We will miss him as a friend and as a colleague. Our field will be diminished by his loss.

David was professor of family and consumer sciences at Bowling Green State University, where he was well known for his keen intellect as well as his sense of humor, “bubbling forth with ideas and stories to share with colleagues and students alike.” “As brilliant and committed as Dave’s professional contributions have been,” one of his students observed, “he always extended generous support of us newcomers with humility and genuine interest. The world is less bright without his warmth and wit.”

Besides coordinating the contributions of three dozen other American sexologists for the original U.S.A. chapter, Dave provided his own major summaries of the latest research on childhood, adolescent, and adult sexual behavior. His history of “Change, Conflict, and Diversity” in the U.S.A. chapter provided an organizing theme for that chapter/volume.

David was, in the words of Ira Reiss, one of America’s leading sexologists and sociologists, “a talented thinker and researcher who contributed much to the sociological analysis of sexuality.” Not long after joining the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Dave won the prestigious Hugo G. Beigel Research Award for outstanding article of the year in the Journal of Sex Research. The Beigel Award was given to Dave in 1984 for a research paper on affective reactions of women to their initial experience of coitus. In 1998, Dave edited a special issue of the Journal of Sex Research on Theory in the Study of Sexuality.

As Candace Blake Weis, his wife, knew better that we, “He loved intellectual challenge, and he had a great knack for having a different perception than most people. He loved his students. He would have active discussions in the classroom, sometimes about sensitive and controversial subjects, and there were lively discussions.”

A Toledo, Ohio, native who grew up in the Cleveland area, David received his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in 1973, a master’s degree in family studies from Purdue University in 1976, and a Ph.D. from Purdue in 1979. After seven years teaching at Rutgers University in New Jersey, he returned to teach at BGSU. In 2001, David was named as one of BGSU’s 25 most-accomplished graduates.

We dedicate this edition of the Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality, in which David played a major role, to his memory, with our sympathy to his wife, Candace Blake Weis, his daughter, Rebecca Weis, and his parents and two brothers and two sisters.

We will miss him.

ROBERT T. FRANCOEUR, TIMOTHY PERPER, MARTHA CORNOG,
RAYMOND J. NOONAN, and the other members of the CCIES team