William K. Weaver, 91, railroad executive

May 01, 2004

William K. Weaver, a retired railroad executive who later was a civil engineer for the Interstate Commerce Commission, died of heart failure April 24 at Union Memorial Hospital. The Guilford resident was 91.

Mr. Weaver who was born in Savannah, Ga., the son of a Railway Express executive, was raised in Richmond, Va. After earning a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Virginia Military Institute in 1934, he began his railroading career with the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad as a surveyor.

During World War II, Mr. Weaver served with a field artillery unit in the European theater. He attained the rank of lieutenant colonel and was decorated with two Bronze Stars.

Mr. Weaver returned to the C&O, where he held a variety of positions including trainmaster, superintendent and administrative vice president. In 1959, he was appointed general superintendent of transportation at Huntington, W.Va., and later held the position of regional manager for northern Michigan, West Virginia and southern Virginia.

In 1968, Mr. Weaver came to Baltimore when he was named general manager of operations for the Chesapeake & Ohio and Baltimore & Ohio railroads, which had affiliated earlier in the decade.

After retiring from the C&O/B&O in 1971, Mr. Weaver was employed by the Interstate Commerce Commission in Washington, analyzing and redesigning congested metropolitan traffic configurations, family members said. He retired in 1980.

Mr. Weaver also had served as president of Green Real Estate Co., and had been a member of the board of managers of Cincinnati Union Terminal. He was a member of the Center Club and the Second Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Weaver enjoyed following the stock market.

Services were held Thursday in Richmond.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, the former Beverly Kerns; two daughters, Gary Weaver Reyes of Houston and Jean Claiborne Gould of Plymouth Township, Mich.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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