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A Note From Program Director Amanda Taylor On The Passing Of Gary Weaver

Professor Gary Weaver

Dr. Gary Weaver passed away peacefully on March 11th, 2017. He had been a faculty member at the School of International Service since 1968.

I write today with a heavy heart. I am devastated to report that Professor Gary Weaver passed away peacefully this weekend after a valiant fight with cancer. Thanks to so many of you who reached out with calls, visits, and words of support during the past months. They meant so much to him and his family.

We all know what a giant Prof. Weaver has been for our program, for our intercultural field, and for SIS/AU. Not only did he co-found the IC program, but he quite literally wrote the textbook from which thousands of students and professionals continue to learn about the ever-important work of intercultural relations and cross-cultural communication. He also founded and served as the Executive Director of the Intercultural Management Institute (IMI) that trained professionals across sectors for almost 20 years.

For those of us who had the chance to take his classes, his training seminars, or to work with him on research, we know personally what an inspiration he is to each of us, and to our colleagues around the world. He will be sorely missed. I will miss him deeply.  

Yet we know his life and legacy, his light, will live on through his work and through each of you. We will share more information about a memorial as it is available, but do know that we will definitely honor his legacy at the annual IC Community Reception on March 24. I hope as many of you as possible can join us, and we will figure out a way to include other alumni and friends who cannot be with us I will be in touch again soon, and until then, take care of each other.


Amanda Taylor

Director, MA in Intercultural and International Communication

School of International Service

American University

Gary Weaver will be honored at the annual IC Community Reception on March 24, 2017.