JAN 14, 2002
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

Professor Carlene Weber dies

Carlene Weber, a professor in the Department of Finance and Accounting in the School of Business and Public Administration at California State University, Bakersfield, died quietly this past Saturday. She was 47.

Ms. Weber had long suffered from cystic fibrosis and was awaiting a lung transplant at the time of her death.

A tenured professor at CSUB, Ms. Weber came to Bakersfield in 1990 to join the business faculty.

"She was a high quality finance professor and scholar whose students liked and respected her," said Henry Loweinstein, dean of the School of Business and Public Administration. "Dr. Weber had published many papers and articles in finance on stock market risk, market volatility and stock pricing. In addition, she managed the school's very successful finance internship program. We will miss her greatly. We have so many letters and testimonials from her former students telling of the difference she made in their lives. It's a personal loss for me, and for our faculty as well."

CSUB President Tomas Arciniega also expressed his sadness at Ms. Weber's death. "Carlene Weber was an extraordinary professor who touched so many lives during her nearly 12-year tenure here," Arciniega said. "She had a lust for life, and through the miracle of modern medication was able to live a longer and more active life than so many people afflicted with this disease. She will be greatly missed."

Mary Doucette, professor of accounting and Ms. Weber's friend and colleague on the business school faculty, was also deeply saddened. She said she and her husband, Tom Doucette, also a CSUB accounting professor, "were not prepared for this, because we just knew she was going to pull out. We just knew it.

"Most of her students and many of her colleagues did not know that she suffered from cystic fibrosis. She never let her illness get in the way of giving her students her all. She challenged her students, made them look beyond the numbers. She wanted to help her students so much that she developed an innovative and challenging course titled Computer Applications in Finance because she believed strongly that the ability to use real-world financial databases, statistical applications and spreadsheets is critical to the success of those entering the field of finance.

"Her MBA students were so impressed by her dedication that they took the initiative to honor her at the spring 2001 School of Business and Public Administration banquet. When she was presented with a plaque by the students she received a well deserved standing ovation."

Doucette said that Ms. Weber's life centered around the university and her church, Westminster Presbyterian Church in Bakersfield. "She was very active in her church, and occasionally played the organ there," she said. "She loved organ music and often attended organ recitals."

Ms. Weber also was determined not to let her disease rule her life. "Until a couple of years ago she snow skied," Doucette said. "Tom and I were so surprised that someone with cystic fibrosis could ski."

She was single and had four cats. "She was a cat lover," Doucette said.

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., Ms. Weber earned a bachelor of science and a master of business administration degrees from the State University of New York, Buffalo. She earned her doctorate in finance from Northern Illinois University.

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic lung disease affecting some 30,000 children and adults in the United States. Those who have it typically only have a life expectancy into their early 20s. Ms. Weber overcame all odds until her late 40s.

"Carlene was one of the most courageous, determined and dedicated people I know," Doucette said. "She conducted her life and her business with a great deal of dignity."

Ms. Weber's remains are being returned to Buffalo. A memorial service is planned for her in Bakersfield, although a date has not yet been set.

Her family asks that donations be made in her name to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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