Campus Mourns Professor's Passing

OGDEN, Utah – On Nov. 7, the Weber State University community lost beloved electronics and engineering technology professor Robert Summers, who died suddenly of a heart attack at age 65. 

An open house celebrating his life will be held on Friday, Nov. 13, from 1-4 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Lair. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship has been established in his name. 

"He is irreplaceable," said William Clapp, chair of the Department of Computer and Electronics Engineering Technology. "He was one of our best professors. He cared more for students than anybody I have ever known and was always there for them."

"Dr. Bob" started teaching electronics engineering technology at Weber State in 1989. He was the advisor to the student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and the WSU Billiards Club. 

Bob loved skiing, scuba diving, music, art and poetry, as well as all things "technical." Most of all, he loved working with young people as a professor at WSU. He was developing a field laboratory for WSU in Costa Rica through his foundation, the Latin American Education Foundation, to study and develop new ideas for environmentally friendly, sustainable and renewable energy systems.

Bob earned a doctorate in electronics engineering from the University of Idaho in 1985.

On behalf of the faculty, staff and students at Weber State University, we extend our deepest sympathies to Bob's family and friends. He will be dearly missed.

Visit WSU's Facebook page to express condolences or post a memory about Bob.

The Bob Summers Memorial Scholarship has been created to honor the memory of Bob and the wonderful teacher, mentor and friend he was.

To Donate:

Mail a check (written to WSU, with Bob Summers Scholarship on the memo line) to:

WSU Development Office
4018 University Circle
Weber State University
Ogden, UT 84408-4018

Go to and click on "click here to make an online gift."  On the next screen select "OTHER" and type in Bob Summers Scholarship in the comment field.

For more information, call Kelly Stackaruk, development director for the College of Applied Science & Technology, at 801-626-6978 or send an e-mail to
Travis Clemens, assistant director of Media Relations
801-626-7948 •
William Clapp, Computer and Electronics Engineering Technology chair
801-626-7097 • 

Warren Hill, College of Applied Science & Technology dean
801-626-6304 •