December 14, 2007

VUMC benefactor Bill Weaver dies at 66

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Bill Weaver III and his mother, Elizabeth Craig Weaver Proctor. (photo by John Howser)

VUMC benefactor Bill Weaver dies at 66

William C. “Bill” Weaver III, a longtime supporter of Vanderbilt University Medical Center as well as many local organizations, died Dec. 9. He was 66.

Mr. Weaver, who had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 30 years ago, was a business leader and philanthropist who was involved in numerous causes, including camps for children, the Tennessee Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter, which was named in his honor.

“Bill was always a great supporter of Vanderbilt and I will always be grateful for his efforts,” said Harry Jacobson, M.D., vice chancellor for Health Affairs.

Mr. Weaver's extended family, through the Elizabeth Craig Weaver Proctor Foundation, has generously supported Vanderbilt for many years. The William C. Weaver III Professor of Experimental Neurology is currently held by Subramaniam Sriram, M.B./B.S., whose research is on the basis of multiple sclerosis.

Mr. Weaver rose in the family business, the National Life and Accident Insurance Co., to vice president and director of agencies, before leaving that post in 1983 after the business was sold. He was active in several other businesses, including founding AmSurg, a specialty surgery center business, in 1992.

Mr. Weaver is survived by his wife, Nancy Johnson Weaver; daughters, Collins Weaver Hooper and Jane Craig Weaver Friedrich; son, William Cheatham Weaver IV; five grandchildren; sister, Becky Lane; and his mother, Elizabeth Craig Weaver Proctor.

Visitation will be 2-3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at West End United Methodist Church's Reed Hall, with the memorial service to follow at the church at 3 p.m.