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May 23, 2001

Columbus, Ohio — Former Ohio State Athletics Director J. Edward Weaver died earlier this morning at University Medical Center. Weaver, 90, had been hospitalized since Friday.

Weaver served as Ohio State’s Athletics Director between 1970 and 1977. When he succeeded Dick Larkins in October of 1970, he became just the third person to hold that position since Ohio State entered the Big Ten in 1913.

Weaver, a native of Marysville, Ohio, graduated from Ohio State in 1933. He played football and basketball for the Buckeyes.

Weaver first began working at Ohio State in 1946 as field secretary for the Alumni Association. He joined the Department of Athletics in 1950 as assistant athletics director and director of ticket sales. In 1953, he was named administrative assistant to the Vice President of Business and Finance. He returned to the Athletics Department in 1957 as associate athletics director and remained in that position until succeeding Larkins.

When Weaver took over at Ohio State, there were 18 varsity sports. At the time of his retirement in May of 1977, that number had increased to 30

Weaver was instrumental in founding the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame. He was inducted into that organization in September of 1993.

Ohio State’s Directors of Athletics
L.W. St. John (1912-47)
Richard Larkins (1947-70
J. Edward Weaver (1970-77)
Hugh Hindman (1977-84)
Rick Bay (1984-87)
Jim Jones (1987-94)
Andy Geiger (1994-)