Harry Weitlauf

July 8, 1937October 11, 2012
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Harry Monroe Weitlauf, M.D. of Lubbock, Texas, passed away on October 11, 2012. Born on July 8, 1937 in Seattle, WA, Harry grew up in the Pacific Northwest where he developed his love of nature, the outdoors, hiking and camping and skiing. Following his graduation from West Seattle High School, he went on to complete a bachelor of science in zoology, a bachelors of arts in literature, and a medical doctorate from the University of Washington. He served as a medical doctor in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam war, and went on to develop a prolific career in basic science research, having served as the Chairman of Cell Biology and Biochemistry at TTUHSC for over 30 years.

Dr. Weitlauf was an avid cyclist, and also enjoyed travel, skiing, hiking. He liked to read and bonsai and especially enjoyed photography. He was a wonderful companion and friend to his wife, Kayla for 20 years. He was a passionate champion of cancer research and was instrumental in bringing the newly opened American Cancer Society Hope Lodge to Lubbock. Dr. Weitlauf was a long time member of the Southcrest Baptist Church, and for the past two years a doting Grandfather to Sofia Seegel.

He will be missed by all who knew him and were touched by his work, philanthropy, kindness, thoughtfulness and compassion. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kayla Weitlauf, and his parents, Howard and Estelle Weitlauf. He is survived by his daughter, Julie Weitlauf, his son-in-law, Charles George Seegel, III, and his granddaughter, Sofia Madison Seegel of Sunnyvale, CA. He is also survived by his sister, April Weitlauf, of New Mexico, his in-laws Gloria and Clifton Fletcher of Midland, a brother-in-law, Lane Fletcher and his wife Jody of Dallas and his special friend, Pamela Roddy of Lubbock, Texas.

The family will receive guests on Monday, October 15th from 5:30pm-7:30pm at Resthaven. Services will be held in Lubbock at Southcrest Baptist Church at 2:00pm on October 16, 2012 followed by a Reception.

The family suggests memorials be directed to: The Hope Lodge in Lubbock, 3511 10th St, Lubbock, TX 79415.

Condolences may be offered at


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, October 16, 2012
  • Visitation Monday, October 15, 2012

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Harry weitlauf

October 17, 2012

A great loss of a great man.
Jennifer Ockerstrom - TTUHSC Cancer Center

Mikell Bollinger

October 17, 2012

Harry was a special man and a dear friend. I was blessed beyond measure to be a part of the team that took his vision of what he called an "Old McDonald" house for families battling cancer from a dream to the reality of Hope Lodge. He was deeply committed to helping make a positive difference for others and he did just that! I will miss his wit, wisdom and loyal friendship but rejoice at his reunion with his beloved Kayla. Prayers that his family will be comforted by their precious memories.

Harry Ng

October 16, 2012

Dr. Weilauf was a huge mentor when I started the PhD program at CBA; he helped in so many ways to make sure I had what I needed to be a successful student. He will surely be missed.

Terrie Cooper

October 16, 2012

Harry brought light into many people's hearts. He was a mover and a shaker, with a smile. We will all miss him!!

Mark Proctor

October 16, 2012

I was proud to name Harry among my friends. While he and I had different academic pursuits, he championed in me a sense of true integrity in my work. My deepest sympathies to the family.

Don Curry

October 15, 2012

Harry and I were very proud of bringing a Hope Lodge to Lubbock. He referred to me as Uncle Don. Don't know why he thought that moniker was appropriate, but I understood it was a term of endearment. Harry's good nature and sense of humor will be sorely missed by those he left behind.

Spencer Yantis

October 14, 2012

Harry was my best friend at HSC. His sense of humor and impersonations could keep me laughing for hours. Besides being a great teacher he was a great fund raiser. Harry the "Mad" one and I will miss you, Spencer Yantis

Roxie Taylor-Welt

October 14, 2012

He was a great friend and will be dearly missed.