Professor George Weygand, ’53, understood that physics is everywhere.
And he brought that practical, student-focused approach to the classroom, even inspiring those who thought they would struggle with the subject.
It’s only fitting that his name is now associated with a building where hundreds of Bears live every year: Weygand Hall.
Dr. George Weygand, ’53
Weygand taught physics at Bridgewater State for more than 40 years, retiring in 1999.
"I love to teach. That's what gets me going every day," he said in a 1997 article about being named Science Educator of the Year by the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers.
Weygand excelled at teaching from a practical point of view and making concepts relevant to students, who often took his classes while pursuing a degree in a different subject.
In a dedication to Weygand in the 1999 yearbook, then President Adrian Tinsley noted Weygand was one of the few faculty members to amass such a lengthy record of service
“It would be safe to say that even fewer have attained the level of affection and respect associated with Dr. Weygand's name,” Dr. Tinsley wrote. “His service to the college as a whole and to students in particular has been extraordinary. He is a remarkable teacher with a national reputation for excellence in the teaching of physics, and he is an equally remarkable human being who has devoted his career to Bridgewater State College.”
In recognition of Weygand’s decades of contributions to the university, BSU named its newest residence hall after him when it opened in 2013.
Weygand Hall, located on the east side of campus next to the MBTA commuter rail station, houses 500 students. Residents live in single and double rooms arranged in suite and pod configurations. The Wellness Center is located on the ground floor.
Material in this article comes from a winter 1997 Bridgewater magazine article and the 1999 Bridgewater State yearbook.