Doug M. Weinberg † (1976 – 2005)
- Douglas Mark, 29, died Sun., March 13, 2005, in Hemet, CA, as
a result of a pulmonary embolus. Douglas was preceded in death
by his mother Lauren Weinberg. Survivors are his father Harold;
his brother, Brian; his grandfather, Aaron; Harold's wife, Claire
Schmelzer Weinberg; her children Erika Schmelzer Webb and Stephen
Schmelzer; and many other loving family members and friends.
Lexington, KY, Doug was named a National Merit Semifinalist while
at Lafayette High School. He graduated from the University of
Kentucky with honors in anthropology and began a career in archeology
(2003-2004), Doug was Field Director and Principal Supervisor
of the Belize Valley Archeological Reconnaissance Macal River
Project. As such, Doug oversaw the reconnaissance and excavation
of Maya archeological sites deep in the rain forest of the Macal
River Valley in western Belize. Doug's final report on the project
has sparked public debate over the construction of the Chalillo
hydroelectric dam which threatens to flood these sites (hundreds,
perhaps thousands still undiscovered) and destroy a primary nesting
habitat for the endangered Scarlet Macaw.
As an archeologist
for the Belize Tourism Development Project (2002-2003), Doug helped
oversee the excavation and restoration of some of Belize's most
stunning Mayan structures: the temples of Altun Ha.
January 2005 issue of Toyota Trails, Doug wrote of his drive from
Belize to KY in his 1987 Land Cruiser, a truck he completely rebuilt.
time of his death, Doug was working in archeology and cultural
resources management in California while researching graduate
schools; he wanted to use his experience as a field director for
a humanitarian cause: international aid and relief. Doug's intelligence,
knowledge, resourcefulness, empathy, generosity, and sense of
humor made him a strong leader in his professional life and a
treasured friend to many. To everyone who loved Doug, perhaps
the site of Altun Ha can stand, at least in part, as a monument
to Doug's work as an archeologist and his indomitable spirit.
memorial" is being constructed at www.weinberg.org/dmw.
Memorial contributions may be sent to The Lauren K. Weinberg Fund
at the Bluegrass Community Foundation, 200 West Vine Street, Suite
205, Lexington, KY, 40507.
was held on Mon., March 21, 2005 at Temple Adath Israel; burial
at the Lexington Cemetery. To sign an online guestbook, send a
condolence, or for more information please visit the Milward Funeral
of Archaeology Magazine’s Q & A
of Doug’s own twaddle bio
Yaxakte’ Winik El Mero Pepe Chango (Doug’s full nickname,
as coined collectively at Pook’s Hill in 2002), will forever
remain our cherished friend and greatly valued colleague.