James Weaver

Obituary of James Weaver

James Mark Weaver, age 76, of Gwynedd Valley, PA, husband of 44 years to wife Karen (nee Tiedemann), passed away peacefully on May 23, 2018.  He was born in Philadelphia, PA to the late James W. and Harriet (Kitchen) Weaver.  

Jim is survived by his beloved wife, Karen Weaver; daughter, Kelly Wood (William); son, Brent Weaver (Stephanie); and granddaughters Anna Claire and Emily Jane Wood. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, John Weaver, and daughter, Brooke Weaver.

Jim was a graduate of Gettysburg College (’64), where he was a lifetime Cupola member. Following his graduation from Gettysburg, Jim began his career in commercial banking.  He then received an MBA (finance) and MA (economics) from Temple University (’67, ’71). Subsequently, he taught both graduate and undergraduate courses for Temple University. He was one of the three founding partners of Dearden, Maguire, Weaver and Barrett, LLC (DMWB) in 1980, an investment counseling firm.  Jim specialized in bank and thrift equities.  He served as president of DMWB from 1998-2005 and was a chief economist.   He was an exceptional, well-known speaker on the U.S. capital markets and was requested by many.  Jim relinquished the role of president in 2006 and started his own consulting business, Weaver Consulting & Asset Management, LLC.

Jim served on the Gettysburg College Board of Fellows for two years prior to being named to the Board of Trustees of the College in 2000 and served until 2010 when he was named a Trustee Emeritus.  He was chair of the Board of Trustees from 2006-2010. He established the James M. Weaver ’64 Fund for Creative Teaching in 2005. His passion and lifelong commitment to his beloved Gettysburg College led him to an appointment to the Board of Directors of The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB).  Jim served on the AGB Board from 2005-2014, enabling him to advocate on behalf of higher education and its effective governance at a national level.  Jim’s steady hand helped successfully guide the association through the challenges associated with the nation’s financial crisis.  He served as the Chair of the AGB Board between 2010 and 2012, during which he led AGB through a transformative strategic planning process as well as the launch of AGB Search—the association’s first subsidiary organization.  He will forever hold a special place in the annals of AGB’s history.

Jim was a very kind, compassionate, loyal, and distinguished man who enjoyed boating, fishing and long walks with his wife.  He loved spending time at their shore house in Avalon, NJ.  There, Jim enjoyed long bike rides and times shared with his family and friends.  He also enjoyed traveling with his wife.  Jim gave freely of his time to help others and was a mentor to many. 

A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 11th at Sanctuary United Methodist Church, 1346 E. Prospect Ave., North Wales, Pa.  Visitation begins at 9:30 am¬¬¬ and the service at 11:00.  Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gettysburg College, Development Office, Box 423, 300 North Washington St., Gettysburg, Pa. 17325.  Please let it be known it is a gift for the James Weaver Fund. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.rlwilliamsfuneralhome.com