In Memoriam: Professor James Weidman


In Memoriam: Professor James Weidman
James Weidman

Dr. James Weidman, professor in the Food Marketing & Agribusiness Management/Agricultural Education Department, died on March 16 after a battle with cancer.

Weidman joined the College of Agriculture faculty in the fall of 1981. He was active in his department, serving as coordinator of the International Agriculture program, IA club advisor and a part of numerous committees at the department, college and university level.

The master's degree option in Agriculture, Nutrition & International Development was developed by Weidman and Professor Anahid Crecelius. He also assisted the International Center on a number of occasions with short-term training courses.  

Off campus, Weidman was involved as an adjunct professor at Loma Linda University and served on its advisory board for International Health. He was active in several professional organizations, often presenting papers or serving as a panelist on topics such as international trade and development.  

Weidman earned his B.A. in Economics and Business Administration at the University of Redlands; his M.A. in Economics at University of California Los Angeles; and his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Hawaii.

He served as an agricultural extension agent for the Peace Corps and was stationed in Thailand for two and a half years where he assisted farmers with the production and marketing of swine and poultry. This experience proved valuable in the classroom where he taught in the area of international agriculture and agricultural economics.  

A viewing will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery on Friday, March 23, from 1 – 9 p.m., with the prayer vigil between 7 and 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be Saturday, March 24, 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 1835 Larkvane Road, Rowland Heights.

Graveside services will be at Forest Lawn Memorial ParkCovina Hills, 21300 Via Verde Dr., Covina. It will be followed by a reception at Millies Restaurant & Bakery, 21627 Valley Blvd. in Walnut.

Weidman is survived by his wife, Marge, and son, Matthew.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Weidman's name to RESULTS, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting hunger and poverty. RESULTS is located at 440 1st Street, NW Suite 450, Washington, D.C. 20001.