Southwestern Mourns the Loss of Carole Weiner
Members of the Southwestern community were greatly saddened by the loss of a beloved colleague, teacher and librarian, Carole Weiner, who passed away on May 7, after fighting a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. The Associate Director of Southwestern's Leigh H. Taylor Law Library since 1998, Ms. Weiner began her career at Southwestern in 1980 as a circulation librarian. For more than three decades, she taught legal research to thousands of first-year students for whom she served as a favorite mentor.
Her tremendous contributions to the law school and her students were celebrated just two weeks ago at the Southwestern Alumni Awards Banquet, where she was presented with the Betty Trier Berry '15 Award, a special honor created to help recognize a female member of the Southwestern community for extraordinary commitment to the law school.
A leader in the Jewish community, Ms. Weiner initiated and coordinated special programs to ensure that religious students at Southwestern were able to maintain their traditions without missing out on any of their academics or campus activities. According to Michael Friedman, former SBA president, "Carole was the kind of mentor every law student dreams of having. She made student life at the law school a custom-tailored experience and is a major reason Jewish students feel so welcome and at home at Southwestern."
She also led hundreds of entertaining tours of the Bullocks Wilshire Building, in which she shared her encyclopedic knowledge of the historic landmark with great humor and an unmatched knowledge of the popular culture connected with the storied history of the facility.
Ms. Weiner received her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota and her M.S. in Library Science from Atlanta University. Prior to joining Southwestern's staff, she was Circulation Librarian for Hebrew Union College. She was the proud mother of Naomi and Aaron Weiner.
About her long-time colleague and friend, Associate Dean Linda Whisman said, "If I had one word to describe Carole, it would be passionate - passionate about her children and family, about her temple and Jewish traditions, about helping faculty and students with their research needs and training. What was remarkable about Carole was the way she connected with people - from our 23-year-old law students to the former Bullocks Wilshire models who showed up year after year to take her tour. Carole's legal research students shared their stories with her, and she encouraged them, counseled them, worried about them, and took joy in their successes. She cared deeply about students and about Southwestern."