Dr. Carlisle Weese, 91, a resident of Oak Park for 44 years, died peacefully at his home on July 29, 2011. Born on Oct. 15, 1919, he graduated in 1942 from Northwestern University Dental School and first practiced in Chicago, then in the Forsythe Building in Oak Park from 1964 until his retirement in 2003.
Dr. Weese took care of four and sometimes five generations of patients, as well as some who came all the way from Canada, Alaska and Sweden. He was an officer in the U.S. Navy Dental Corp during WWII, retiring as a lieutenant commander. He was first stationed at Camp Farragut in Idaho, where his commanding officer required that all dentists go through Boot Camp, as he felt that they should be physically fit and able to protect themselves if faced with combat duty. Dr. Weese was later stationed on Okinawa and helped set up the first dental clinic there.
He was a life member of the American Dental Association and the Illinois State and Chicago Dental Society. He held all of the offices of the West Side branch of the CDS, including president and director. He was a fellow in the American College and International College of Dentists, the Odontographic Society, the Pierre Fouchard Academy, belonged to the members group of CDS, and was a life member of Alpha Omega International Society. He was also a Past President of Oak Park Temple.
Dr. Weese is survived by his wife of 68 years, Florence (Kales) Weese; his children, Dr. William, Dr. James (Barbara), Dr. Debra Weese-Mayer (Dr. Robert Mayer); and his grandchildren, Brooke and Scott Weese, Dr. Jennifer Mayer, Jamie Mayer Phinney (Hap), and Jonathan Mayer.
Services were held at Oak Park Temple, followed by interment at Rosehill Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Children's Memorial Hospital, Center for Autonomic Medicine in Pediatrics; Advocate Christ Medical Center's Cancer Center Institute; and/or the Chicago Dental Society Foundation.
Arrangements were handled by Piser Funeral Home.