Ronald A. Weber, 84, passed away comfortably and at peace in McLean Virginia on April 14, 2022 with his family by his bedside. He was born October 21, 1937 to parents Alfred and Lina, who were originally from Frickenhausen, Germany. They immigrated into the United States in the 1920s, and settled in Queens, NY, where Ron was born. He is survived by his wife Elisabeth Verena (Kämpf) and children Bettina (Jason Gentry), Elizabeth (Thomas Edwards), James (Alma Pinto). He was a grandfather to eight - Rebekah, Robert, Nathanael, Jasper, Sullivan, Hugh, Silas and Lina.
Ron was a first-generation American and also the first member of his family to graduate college. Until his death, he advocated access to free education, as he himself was a beneficiary of access to high-quality education, first through the public schools of New York, then at Cooper Union, where he earned a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (class of 1959). He also attended Baruch School at The City College of New York, where he earned a Master of Public Administration. A firm believer in lifelong-learning, he pursued continuing education, most notably at Northwestern University and Yale University. He held in high esteem his children's attendance at top universities and achievements in doctorate programs.
In his career, Ron served as City Traffic Director of Samford, Connecticut, and moved to the National Transportation Safety Board, where he spent over twenty-five years investigating accidents and bridge collapses, including the Big Bayou Canot rail accident in 1993.
Ron was an avid traveler and sportsman. He traveled the world, visiting notable sights and skiing his favorite slopes. In the 1990s, he flew around the globe with his family, and, while in his 70s, he checked the box on visiting South America, where he finally reached Machu Picchu. Ron was driven by his sense for adventure and interest in meeting new people. He passed on his sense of adventure and sport to his children, who picked up skating, sailing, skiing, and cycling.
During his avid travels, Ron tried to document every high point with a photograph. Even when his children were young, he would instruct them to point to some unknown object outside of the photo’s frame in order to create visual interest. To this day, his kids enjoy documenting their own travels in this way.
Ron had an uncanny ability to strike up a conversation with anybody. His favorite stories included anything related to his German family; his father's profession as a butcher and his grandfather’s as a barrel maker (and maker of barrels to be used during Prohibition in the US), the home he built with his wife in Reston, his Mercedes, ice skating, and world travels.
To honor his life, a small gathering is planned later this year. We look forward to sharing these stories and others in a celebration of his life. If you would like to make a donation in memory of Ron, please consider giving to https://cooper.edu/giving/give-online.
A Memorial Tree was planted for Ronald
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