MONTICELLO — Dr. Robert Charles Weih, Jr., age 57, of Monticello passed away Sunday, June 17, 2012, at his home in Monticello. He was born November 22, 1954 in Baltimore, Md.
He was a Professor in the school of Forest Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello where he served for 18 years, the Director of the UAM Spatial Information Systems (SIS) Program and was a Methodist. Dr. Weih received his BS in Forestry and Range Management in 1982 from Northern Arizona University before receiving his MS in Forestry with a minor in statistics (emphasis in remote sensing) from the University of Minnesota in 1984. He then obtained his Ph.D. in 1991 in Forest Biometrics (emphasis in GIS and spatial statistics) from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has been involved in remote sensing, resource sampling, and GIS in natural resources for more than 30 years.
Dr. Weih received the AR Forest Resource Center Leadership award in 2002 and the AR GIS User Forum Excellence award in 2005 for geospatial research and education in the Spatial Analysis Laboratory. He was given the AR State Parks Director’s Special Commendation in 2008 for his work with their parks. In 2011, Bob was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Geographic Information Science from the AR GIS User Forum. He was most recently honored with the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University.
Professionally, Dr. Weih is on the Executive Committee of the AR GIS User Forum, on the Central Region Board of Directors for the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and Secretary for the AR Board of Registration for Foresters, a position that Governor Mike Beebe appointed him to. Bob was actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America as the Committee Chairman for Monticello Troop 67, and was an Eagle Scout.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Kay Fossum Weih of Monticello; two sons, Robert Charles Weih, III and Jeremy Scott Weih both of Monticello; his daughter, Melissa Gail Weih of Monticello; his parents, Robert Charles Weih, Sr. and Bertha Willette Abbott Weih of Canton, Conn.; his brother, Scott David Weih and wife Sherri of Torrington, Conn.; his sister, Barbara Lois Patch and husband Paul of Winsted, Conn.; a nephew, Ryan Patch; and two nieces, Amanda Patch and Heather Donegan.
Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 20 at First United Methodist Church in Monticello; Rev. Bill Eason officiating.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home.
A Committal Service will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 23 at Oakland Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Monticello Boy Scout Troop 67, c/o Terry Crook, 607 Ridgecrest, Monticello, Ark., 71655. Online obituary/guestbook www.stephensondearman.com.