Dr. Galen Weaver passed away peacefully on January 12th at his home in Denver, at the age of 91. Galen was a psychiatrist who practiced in Denver from 1969 until 2014.
Galen was the second of three children of Grant and Lutie (Sargent) Weaver, born in Johnstown, PA, in 1931. He grew up in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and graduated from Wabash College in Indiana in 1956. During college he served with the Brethren Service Commission for 3 years in Germany and Austria, working with refugees and performing other duties, and while in Germany, he met his future wife, Carolyn Ikenberry of Bridgewater, VA.
After two years of post-graduate studies at Yale, where Galen received a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, he and Carolyn were married in 1958 and traveled to Syria, where they taught at an American school in Aleppo for two years. Upon their return to the U.S., Galen enrolled in medical school at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, OH, where his sons Michael and Christopher were born.
In 1965 the family moved to Denver, and Galen completed his residency in psychiatry before starting his professional life in 1969. In the meantime, their third son, Thomas, was born, and Galen and Carolyn raised their family in East Denver, with all three boys attending Graland Country Day School and Manual High School.
Galen served as the director of the Denver Mental Health Center for roughly 20 years until its closure, at which point he established a private practice that he would maintain until his retirement at age 82. He also worked for a number of years at the Gates Clinic.
Galen was a kind and gentle man, and a generous and loving father and grandfather. He was an avid sports fan, golfer, tennis player, and environmentalist, and an inveterate optimist who always saw the best in people. He volunteered with Second Chances Denver, and was a longtime member of First Plymouth Congregational Church.
Galen was predeceased by his brother Marlin, sister Mayno, and his son Christopher. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Carolyn; his son Michael (Monica Woelfel); his son Thomas (Lucy Roberts); his daughter-in-law, Rhett Hudson; and four grandsons, Aidan, Henry, George, and Noah.
There will be a sharing of memories and celebration of Galen’s life at 3:00 pm on March 4, 2023, at First Plymouth Congregational Church, 3501 S. Colorado Blvd.
Contributions in Galen’s memory may be made to Second Chance Center Colorado, https://www.scccolorado.org.