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Feb. 22, 2012

Longtime Birmingham-Southern College Professor Emeritus O.C. Weaver passes away

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Dr. Oliver Cornelius (O.C.) Weaver, a 1935 Birmingham-Southern graduate and member of the BSC faculty for more than 40 years, passed away Feb. 21 at his home in Manhattan, Kan. He was 97.Dr. Oliver Cornelius (O.C.) Weaver

A native of Camden, Ala., Weaver served on the BSC faculty from 1937-38 and again from 1946-82. In between those tenures, he served for a time in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II. He continued teaching at the college from 1983-88 as professor emeritus.

During his career at BSC, Weaver was debate coach, speech instructor, chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy, dean of the college, and held the L.C. Branscomb Professorship of Philosophy. He received the Omicron Delta Kappa Excellence in Teaching Award in 1979.

Weaver graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from BSC. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in divinity from Garrett Theological Seminary, a master’s degree in philosophy from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Northwestern. He had additional studies at Yale University Divinity School and the University of Mysore in India, where he studied as a Fulbright Fellow. He was an ordained Methodist minister.

He received Birmingham-Southern’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1990 and was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by the college in 1992. Weaver was a longtime resident of Greensboro Road on the Birmingham-Southern College campus.

In 1957, Weaver co-authored Birmingham-Southern College, 1856-1956 (Nashville: Parthenon Press), the centennial history of the college. He also published a number of genealogical histories.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

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