Harry Monroe Weitlauf, M.D. of Lubbock, Texas, passed away on October 11, 2012.
Born on July 8, 1937 in Seattle, WA, Harry grew up in the Pacific Northwest where he developed his love of nature, the outdoors, hiking and camping and skiing. Following his graduation from West Seattle High School, he went on to complete a bachelor of science in zoology, a bachelors of arts in literature, and a medical doctorate from the University of Washington. He served as a medical doctor in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam war, and went on to develop a prolific career in basic science research, having served as the Chairman of Cell Biology and Biochemistry at TTUHSC for over 30 years.
Dr. Weitlauf was an avid cyclist, and also enjoyed travel, skiing, hiking. He liked to read and bonsai and especially enjoyed photography. He was a wonderful companion and friend to his wife, Kayla for 20 years. He was a passionate champion of cancer research and was instrumental in bringing the newly opened American Cancer Society Hope Lodge to Lubbock. Dr. Weitlauf was a long time member of the Southcrest Baptist Church, and for the past two years a doting Grandfather to Sofia Seegel.
He will be missed by all who knew him and were touched by his work, philanthropy, kindness, thoughtfulness and compassion. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kayla Weitlauf, and his parents, Howard and Estelle Weitlauf. He is survived by his daughter, Julie Weitlauf, his son-in-law, Charles George Seegel, III, and his granddaughter, Sofia Madison Seegel of Sunnyvale, CA. He is also survived by his sister, April Weitlauf, of New Mexico, his in-laws Gloria and Clifton Fletcher of Midland, a brother-in-law, Lane Fletcher and his wife Jody of Dallas and his special friend, Pamela Roddy of Lubbock, Texas.
The family will receive guests on Monday, October 15th from 5:30pm-7:30pm at Resthaven. Services will be held in Lubbock at Southcrest Baptist Church at 2:00pm on October 16, 2012 followed by a Reception.
The family suggests memorials be directed to: The Hope Lodge in Lubbock, 3511 10th St, Lubbock, TX 79415.
Condolences may be offered at www.resthavenfuneralhome.com