Dr. William J. Weiner, UM chairman of neurology
He had headed the department of neurology at the University of Maryland and its movement disorders center
Dr. William Weiner (Baltimore Sun / January 1, 2013)
"He was an excellent researcher, clinician, teacher and role model. Bill was a very charismatic person but in a very quiet way," said Dr. Reich, who added that his colleague was "well-liked by not only his patients but students and staff as well."
In his eulogy, Dr. Reich said that "he didn't sweat the small stuff. Yet he did sweat big stuff and was highly intolerant of wishy-washy logic, injustice and threats to academic integrity."
"His death is a great loss for neurology, his patients and on a personal level our department, where he certainly left his mark," said Dr. Reich. "He trained so many in the field of Parkinson's disease, and they will be his legacy."
Dr. Weiner, who lived at the St. James Condominiums in Guilford, was a man of wide-ranging interests.
"He liked to try new things. He was very intellectual," said Dr. Reich, who said his friend's interests included reading, history, art, architecture, the Arts and Crafts movement, gourmet cooking, entertaining and single-malt scotches.
"He was a tremendous collector. Our home was furnished in Arts and Crafts artifacts," said Dr. Shulman, who said her husband also collected masks, quilts and pottery.
A week before his death, in a ceremony attended by 80 medical school administrators and colleagues at his home, Dr. Weiner learned that the in-patient neurological service center at the school was being named in his honor.
Dr. Weiner was a member of Beth Am Synagogue.
Services were held Dec. 31 at Sol Levinson & Bros.
In addition to his wife, Dr. Weiner is survived by two daughters, Monica Weiner of New York City and Miriam Weiner of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a stepson, Joshua Shulman of Houston; a stepdaughter, Corey Shulman of Atlanta; a brother, Barry Weiner of Champaign, Ill.; a sister, Merle Weiner of Berkeley, Calif.; and five grandchildren. An earlier marriage ended in divorce.