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Lisbon Central Cemetery Sussex, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, USA

Ray Bennett Weaver (August 11, 1892 - 1970) was Alfred Lunt's closest friend as a boy, who boarded for three years with Lunt's mother and stepfather. Weaver shared Lunt's interest in theater, and the two boys became close. Weaver said: "Lunt never dated any girls. Neither did I... We were a world unto outselves". In 1914, when Lunt was 22, he traveled to Europe; in his letters to Weaver he addressed his friend as "dearest boy", "honey", and "my hero of delight".

Ray Bennett Weaver was the son of John Franklin Weaver and Ann Bennett. He graduated from Carroll College in 1914 and lived in the town of Lisbon. Ray Bennett Weaver and his brother Andrew Weaver were the founders, with Alfred Lunt, of the Carroll Players. Ray B. Weaver taught at Emporia College in Kansas, Michigan State University and at the University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

He married Clarice E. Colby (born 1890) and then, in 1966, he married Georgiana E. Colby (born 1892).

In the 1900s and 1910s he lived in Wisconsin, from the 1920s to the 1940s he lived in East Lansing, Michigan, and was an Assistant Professor of English at the Michigan Agricultural College. He died in California and was buried back in Wisconsin. His nephew, John Carrier Weaver, son of Andrew, became the president of the University of Wisconsin in 1970.


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