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DeWeaver, celebrated social work professor and Ph.D. program director, dies


Contact: Emily Williams

Posted May 2, 2011

Kevin DeWeaver, professor and Ph.D. program director in UGA's School of Social Work, died April 21 after a yearlong struggle with cancer. He was 60.

DeWeaver, who hails from Rochester, NY, graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1972. He earned his MSW from West Virginia University in 1975 and doctorate in social work from Florida State University in 1980.

DeWeaver joined the School of Social Work as an assistant professor in 1985 and over his 26 year tenure, served on over 40 doctoral committees—the most of any professor in the school. He was passionate about the Ph.D. program and worked tirelessly to enhance the quality of the program. He served as director since 2006. Previously, he was B.S.W. program director and taught courses to undergraduate social work students.

DeWeaver's research focused primarily on mental retardation and other developmental disabilities. He also examined social work in rural communities, case management and social work education. He adored working with doctoral students and loved teaching policy and research courses.

"Dr. DeWeaver had a distinguished career in social work and made outstanding contributions in teaching, research and service," said Maurice Daniels, dean of the School of Social Work. "Notably, he provided good leadership of the School's Ph.D. program and enjoyed an outstanding reputation among students and alums."

DeWeaver and his wife, Mary, enjoyed traveling. His other love was music. He played the rhythm guitar and loved to talk about music, especially from the 60s, 70s and 80s. DeWeaver also was known for his dry sense of humor and slick one-liners.

A memorial mass will be held for DeWeaver Tuesday, May 3 at 11:30 a.m. at the Catholic Center at UGA, 1344 S. Lumpkin Street. Directions: