Vaughan H. Weston obituary

08-12-2014

LJC019405-1_20140725Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Vaughan H. Weston, 83, of West Lafayette, passed away on July 22, 2014 at the IU Arnett Hospital in Lafayette.

Born May 1, 1931 in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada, Weston attended the University of Toronto, earning a B.S. in 1953 and a Ph.D. in 1956. During this time he honorably served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve. Weston married Jacquelyn Rose "Jackie" Naylor on August 7, 1954 in Toronto, and she survives.

After graduating from the University of Toronto, Weston worked at the Radiation Laboratory at the University of Michigan performing research on radar scattering, which backed up the science for the Stark I Treaty. In 1969, he started teaching mathematics at Purdue University as Professor of Mathematics. In the 1980s, Weston was one of the first professors to teach graduate mathematics courses on TV to graduate engineers located at industrial facilities in the Midwest.

Weston continued his research until retiring in 2000. He collaborated with researchers at LTH (Lund School of Technology in Lund Sweden) and KTH (Royal School of Technology in Stockholm) on time dependent inverse scattering. During his career, he published nearly 80 papers and gave numerous invited talks in the U.S. and abroad. He advised 8 Purdue Ph.D. students.

After his retirement, Weston devoted his time to art, joining the Wabash Artist Alliance. His artwork was displayed at many shows locally as well as in the surrounding area. Weston was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church and lived in Westminster Village, where he enjoyed being a resident and participating in the activities offered there.

Surviving with his wife are three sons, Dr. Mark Weston (Barbara) of Tampa, FL, Dr. Allan Weston of Joplin, MO, and Brian Weston (Margie) of Walnut Creek, CA; a daughter, Charlotte "Jane" Everette (Douglas) of McLean, VA; and eleven grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues.