Brian Ryusei Weber

April 27, 2000April 12, 2019

Brian Weber, a College of Arts & Sciences freshman, was majoring in biology at Boston University. He passed away on April 12, 2019.

“Brian was a friend to many folks in this community,” says Kenneth Elmore (Wheelock’87), associate provost and dean of students. “Let’s celebrate and remember Brian’s authentic friendships and send our kindness and grace to his family. Brian will be missed. And for those of us who need time to talk, meditate and heal as a result of Brian’s death, please take time to engage the listening offered by our counselors, chaplains, and friends.”

Brian’s father, Max Weber, says his son was an extremely kind “people person” who had ambitions of going into medicine or research. The fact that Brian was pursuing a premed track made perfect sense to his dad.

“Brian always wanted to help people, do something good,” his father says. “We’ve heard from several people about what a kind and wonderful person he was. He was truly one of the nicest people I’ve ever known.”

Weber, who was from Singapore and was bilingual in English and Japanese, attended high school at Deerfield Academy in western Massachusetts, where he was a varsity athlete in track and field and worked on The Tavern, a student-produced website with contributors from several Massachusetts boarding schools. He wrote op-eds that included one questioning how Trump supporters could claim “to not be racist even after knowing that Mr. Trump is a racist and a xenophobe.”

Weber traveled while at Deerfield Academy, and he wrote about his experiences helping with a turtle research expedition in the Bahamas and snacking on insects in China’s Yunnan Province. “The mountain has a gondola going most of the way up, with a long staircase near the top that would take us as far up as we could go,” he wrote about the China trip. “The farthest tip where we could travel was incredibly beautiful. Near the top of this sacred mountain we were engulfed by clouds, yet the sunlight managed to highlight all of the mountain’s jagged outcrops and imposing height. It was bewildering to feel so small.”

According to his LinkedIn page, Weber was a member of BU’s Premedical Society, the BU Finance and Investment Club, and the fraternity Phi Kappa Tau, which is not recognized by the University. He was certified in scuba, CPR, and wilderness first aid.

“When Brian was a young child, he and I took a karate class,” Max Weber says. “But he didn’t like to fight. He never saw any purpose in hitting people. He would train and do the routines, but never hit.”

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 20, at 10 am in Marsh Chapel, 735 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

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  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 20, 2019

Brian Ryusei Weber

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