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1932 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
STUART WEISS Stuart Lessing Weiss, of Las Vegas, writer, educator, activist and philanthropist, passed away peacefully in his home, March 21, 2014. He was much-loved by family and friends for his open-mindedness, interest in world affairs, his intelligence and his pursuit of civic equality and justice. He shared his life-long passions for history, sports, travel, good writing and good food with everyone he met. Born March 2, 1932, in Chicago, Stuart grew up in Grand Rapids, Mich., the son of Moses and Edith Weiss. Graduating from the University of Michigan, he continued his academic pursuits at the University of Chicago, where he was awarded a Ph.D in American history. In 1963, he accepted a professorship in American History at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, a post he held until retirement in 1988. A life-long scholar, his publications included two books, "The President's Man-Leo Crowley and Franklin Roosevelt in Peace and War" and "The Curt Flood Story: The Man Behind the Myth." Additionally, he published many articles which appeared in peer reviewed journals. A prolific writer, he contributed regularly to op-eds, as he loved to debate current events and to apply history's lessons there. He was politically involved beginning with civil rights and anti-Vietnam War activism in the 1960's and continuing currently through the present. Always generous and concerned about the welfare of others, he established the Weiss Foundation Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students at SIUE in 1980. He was preceded in death by his son, Matthew Weiss. He is survived by his loving wife, Rita Diedam Weiss; and dear sister, Meredith Weiss Miller; children, Vanessa, Stephanie, Valerie and Veronica. He was the cherished grandfather of Andrew Wood, Ryan Shea, Madeleine Shea and Raffaele Villa; and great-grandfather of Kelsey and Victoria Wood. Private memorial services will be Thursday, March 27. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in memory of Stuart be made to Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, (702) 383-1332.
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