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April 09, 2015 : Donation Made to OUL Library in Memory of Late Ohio University Political Science Professor


Lancaster – Two new books were recently donated to the Ohio University Lancaster Hannah V. McCauley Library.  The books, Waging war : alliances, coalitions, and institutions of interstate violence and Dangerous alliances : proponents of peace, weapons of war have tremendous academic value in the political science world, but this donation was more an emotional gesture.  It was a way to pay tribute to a wife and a mother while remembering someone who was special to Lancaster and Ohio University.
Patricia_Weistman-300The books were written by the late Patricia Weitsman.  Weitsman was a professor of political science and director of war and peace studies at Ohio University in Athens. She passed away of leukemia last March at the age of 49. Weitsman was diagnosed in 2010 with myelodysplastic syndrome for which she received a bone marrow transplant in 2011. The disease returned as Leukemia in 2013. Weitsman and her husband, David Hoffmann, along with their two children, Sarah and Jonah, lived in Lancaster.
“With the anniversary of her death, my two children and I wanted to do something in her memory,” said Hoffmann.  “Because we live here in Lancaster, I thought of donating a copy of each of Patricia’s two monographs to the OUL library. They are both scholarly books published by Stanford University Press.  I thought the students could make use of them.”
Hoffmann and his two children came to the library to make the donation to Library Director Judy Carey Nevin in person. Plates will be placed in the books indicating that they were donated in memory of Weitsman.
“I was trying to think of some ways to mark the anniversary of my wife’s death, and this seemed like something that would be very meaningful to my children and me,” said Hoffmann.
Weitsman’s areas of research and specialization were in international relations, with an emphasis on international security and international relations theory. She held fellowships at Columbia University, the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland, and the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
Weitsman completed her undergraduate work at Indiana University and then earned an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York. She earned numerous research and teaching awards including the College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award and University Professor award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. In 2008, she received the Outstanding Graduate Teacher Award and was the Ohio University Graduate Commencement Speaker in 2009.
In 2010, she created a new interdisciplinary War and Peace Studies major and certificate program as well as a graduate certificate program under the auspices of the Center for International Studies. She became Director of War and Peace Studies in the summer of 2012.
Weitsman was nominated and elected to the governing board of the International Security Studies Section (ISSS) of the International Studies Association (ISA) in 2006. In 2009, she was selected as Vice Chair and Chair Elect of the section. She served as Chair of ISSS from 2011-2013. The International Security Studies Section of ISA has nearly 1,400 members and is the largest section of the organization and the largest organization of security studies scholars in the world.
Weitsman also served as a fitness instructor at the Fox Family YMCA in Lancaster, where she and her family were awarded the Y’s Family Members of the Year in 2011 for service to the organization. In spring 2012, she received the Character Development Award from the Y for her journey from peak condition to bone marrow transplant patient back to fitness instructor.
“We are very grateful to have Professor Weitsman’s books here in the Hannah V. McCauley Library as a tribute to her memory,” said Carey Nevin.