Howard Weiss

Celebration of Life

1:00 pm
Sunday, November 13, 2022
Main Line Unitarian Church
816 S Valley Forge Rd
Devon, Pennsylvania, United States

Celebration of Life

1:00 pm
Friday, November 18, 2022
Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
Eisenhower Chapel, Penn State University
University Park, Pennsylvania, United States

Obituary of Howard Neil Weiss

Howard Neil Weiss (affectionately Howie, Dad, Professor), 64, passed away on November 5, 2022, in State College, PA. The cause of death was a heart attack. Howie was born in Brooklyn, NY to Gloria and the late Robert Weiss. In 1988, he married Lora Weiss.

Howie was a passionate bio-mathematician who spent his recent career researching the evolution and control of disease (his Erdös number was 3). Above all, he valued improving the health and happiness of others. Howie received his BS and PhD from the University of Maryland and was a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech, all in mathematics. He was a Professor of Mathematics first at Penn State and then at Georgia Tech, with an adjunct appointment as Professor of Biology and Global Health at Emory University. Most recently, he was a Professor of Biology and Mathematics at Penn State.

Outside of the lab, Howie loved adventure, especially hiking, kayaking, and feeding the llamas at a local llama farm. He enjoyed inspiring kids through science and frequently volunteered at science fairs and robotics competitions. He is survived by his wife, Lora; his daughters, Kristin and Zoe; his mother, Gloria; his brother, Mark; many nieces and nephews; and lots of loving family members and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held near Philadelphia on Sunday, November 13 at 1:00pm at the Main Line Unitarian Church (816 S. Valley Forge Rd, Devon, PA 19333).

For the State College community, a second Celebration of Life service will be held Friday, November 18 at 1pm at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center - Eisenhower Chapel on the Penn State campus (111B Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, University Park, PA 16801).

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Howie's memory to any of these organizations, which Howie loved:

Centre Volunteers in Medicine:

Center for Excellence in Education:

Fernbank Science Center (by mail: 156 Heaton Park Dr, Atlanta, GA 30307, Attn: Howie Weiss Memorial Fund)

Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College. Online condolences may be entered at or visit us on Facebook.

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