PIEDMONT -- Dr. Stephen Weiner had a long, distinguished and productive career as a college administrator and public policy expert. He remained distinguished, productive and respected in retirement as co-founder of three nonprofit organizations.
Friendly, courteous and not one to draw attention to himself despite his many achievements, Weiner, a 35-year Piedmont resident who had been diagnosed with stomach cancer in October, died April 21. He was 73.
"He was a loving husband, father and grandfather," said Patricia Weiner, his wife of 48 years. "He had a long career and did more in retirement to help others."
Still relatively young upon leaving his career in 1996, Stephen Weiner once described himself as "vocationally celibate" rather than retired. Indeed, he and best friend David Wolf went on to found The Campaign for College Opportunity, Common Sense California and the Endowment for California Leadership, which was a yearlong project.
Originally from Southern California, Weiner was born June 11, 1939. He was a high-achieving student, earning bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering and city planning from UCLA and a doctorate from the business and education schools at Stanford University.
Professionally, Weiner put together a most impressive resume, as he served in many capacities throughout his academic career. Weiner was a Stanford University professor. And at UC Berkeley, he was an acting dean of the of the Graduate School of Education, and from 1977-80, the associate dean for the Goldman School of Public Policy. Weiner also became a provost and Dean of Faculty at Mills College.
Also, Weiner put his expertise to good use as executive director for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. He served in the same capacity for the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities and was once president of the Board of Governors for California Community Colleges.
Beyond academia, Weiner served as a staff member for President Lyndon Johnson's Kerner Commission in the 1960s to study the causes of America's race riots of that decade.
On a personal level, Steve Weiner enjoyed traveling, as he visited numerous places in the world. But he especially enjoyed going to Lake Tahoe with his family every year. Weiner also was an avid reader, especially of biographies, many of which were of Abraham Lincoln.
Weiner's family hopes to have a memorial service in June. In addition to his wife, Patricia, Weiner is survived by two daughters, Alisa Farkas and Wendy Weiner; sons-in-law, Craig Farkas and Matt Babb; two grandchildren, Aaron Farkas and Courtney Farkas; and brother-in-law, Stephen Shields.
The family has asked that any contributions in his memory be made to the Campaign for College Opportunity's Stephen S. Weiner Memorial Fund. To make your donation, write: Campaign for College Opportunity, Stephen S. Weiner Memorial Fund, 714 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 745, Los Angeles, CA 90015, Tax ID 2004-27622. To make a donation by PayPal, go to: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=ACXVZH535SXES.