Kent “Curly” Jules Weber passed away February 24, 2017. He was predeceased by his wife Mary Amelia Weber and survived by his son, Gregg Weber (Kathy), granddaughter Megan Duke (Cory), great-grand-daughter Addison, brother Don Weber (Pat), Grace Maskell (Rich) and numerous nieces and nephews.
Kent was born in St. Louis, Missouri on August 2, 1923. He spent his childhood there before enlisting in the United States Navy. He graduated from the U.S Naval Academy in 1946 (Class of 47).with a degree in marine electrical engineering. A naval aviator, he served with distinction and retired as a Commander after 32 years of service, two air medals and nine campaign and service medals. After retiring from military service, he earned a Master’s Degree from George Washington University and taught organization and management at Golden Gate university before moving to the Hampton Roads area as a planning associate with the Tidewater Regional Health Planning Council. There he helped establish and was the first Executive Director for the Tidewater Emergency Medical Services Council, an organization he continued to serve for the remainder of his life on its Board of Directors, many committees and as treasurer.
Kent served the statewide EMS system on the State EMS Advisory Board where he helped guide system financial, legislation and policy development and where he helped create and champion the “One For Life” funding initiative (now "Four-and-a-quarter-for-Life") for EMS in Virginia. He was also responsible for establishing many of the policies and procedures for the Financial Assistance Review Committee which oversees the Virginia Rescue Squad Assistance Fund. In fact, Kent’s “Gold Star” is still received and prized by all those who have served on that committee with distinction. Self effacing and quick witted, he always seemed to be around during critical system discussions to provide sage insight or to refocus debate and was often sought out for his advice and wisdom. He received many awards for his service to EMS in the Commonwealth over the years, including two Governor’s EMS Awards, including the coveted Award for “Excellence in Emergency Medical Services”. In fact, the Governor’s EMS Award for “Outstanding EMS Administrator” was renamed the “Kent J. Weber Trophy” in his honor.
An eagle scout, he was active in various adult leadership positions, and served as a Camp Visitation Specialists for several years. Kent was a Rotarian who became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1984 with over 40 years of perfect attendance. He is a life member of the Naval Academy Alumni Association and The Retired Officers Association. He was also a member of Lynnhaven Colony Congregational Church of Christ.
A reception will be held at his home for family and friends, Saturday, March 4 from 1-3 pm. Burial services will be private. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to TEMS: Kent J. Weber EMS Education and Research Fund, Tidewater EMS Council, Inc., 1104 Madison Plaza Ste 101, Chesapeake, VA, 23320, or Lynnhaven Colony Church of Christ Child Development Center, 2217 West Great Neck Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23450. Condolences may be registered online at www.parrfuneralhome.com.
Kent is known for his many leadership roles in the development of the regional and statewide EMS system. Says Jim Chandler, current TEMS executive director, "Kent navigated the TEMS council through early days of complicated federal grants and was instrumental in the development of the state's dedicated EMS funding program." He is known as a statesman, leader, historian but most of all, according to Chandler, "a gentle giant of the EMS system, a true believer always working to improve the system and patient care through teamwork and persistence."
His influence and personality will be truly missed but his legacy lives on.