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Memorial Service for Alumnus Richard "Duke" Weber Set for Sunday

Aug. 16, 2007

Loyola University alumnus Richard "Duke" Weber died July 28, 2007, at the age of 89. A member of the Class of 1941, Weber went on to serve his country as a Marine before returning home to Santa Monica, Calif.

A memorial service for Weber will be held at Sacred Heart Chapel on the LMU campus this Sunday, August 19, at 12:00 noon. A reception will follow at the Bird Nest.

A longtime fan of LMU, especially of Lion baseball, Weber himself enjoyed recreational tennis, football, track, and golf. He generously gifted funds for athletics scholarships in his name, along with his good friend Hugh Boyle `43 and Brian Quinn `64. It was Weber's hope to help future students have the same Loyola experience he did.

A recipient of the Purple Heart Medal as a member of the Third Marine Division where he held the rank of Major, Weber also left many World War II momentos, historic newspaper archives, and a complete collection of National Geographic magazines to the LMU library system.

Besides the gifts he left LMU, Weber gave graciously to other organizations which touched his life, including Loyola High School, St. Monica's High School, St. Vincent's Meals on Wheels program, Sisters of Nazareth, US Catholic Conference National Retirement Fund, Sisters of The Holy Name (his sister Ruth's order), and to Saint Andrew's Abbey in Valyermo, Calif., where he will be buried.

Born July 10, 1918, in Chicago, Weber was a younger brother to siblings Robert, Ruth, and Jean, and uncle to Howard Jr., Jan, Jill, Robert, and Christina.

The Weber family moved to Whittier, Calif. when Richard was still a baby. Following his days at Loyola High School, Loyola University, and with the United States Marine Corps Reserve, Weber enjoyed a diverse career of real estate investment and education as a teacher at St. Monica's High School.

Weber is remembered as a modest gentleman with a gentle, giving spirit.

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