Ben-Aya Wedding

Worth Weller (back row) is a full-time Continuing Lecturer
at Indiana University-Purdue University, Ft. Wayne.

The author of three books, two about revolutions in Mexico and Nicaragau and one about the modern Ku Klux Klan, and the co-author of a journalism textbook, Visual Literacy: Photography Meets the Digital Age (Kendall Hunt, fall 2008), he is a 1968 BA graduate of Duke University, with majors in Sociology and English, and a 2002 MA graduate of Indiana University-PurdueUniversity Ft. Wayne, with concentrations in composition theory and American Literature.

His wife, Susan (next to Worth), is a retired teacher. They have a son, Ben (center), who is a Duke University graduate (BA, 2002) and a IU graduate (MA, 2007) and is a professional photographer in Japan and Korea, a daughter, Marie (left), who is a NYU graduate (BA 2006) and Columbia University graduate (MA, 2010) and now lives in Denver, and a daughter, Julia (far left), who graduated from Vanderbilt University and IU (MA), served two years in the Peace Corps in eastern Europe, taught Head Start in inner-city Washington, DC, for two years, and is now an early childhood development specialist living with her husband Chad Pfitzer (top right) in Denver, CO. They have two daughters, whose (thousands of) pictures you can see here.

photo by Julia Pfitzer

Worth is an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction, and his favorite books include Lord of the Rings, Heaven Lake, by John Dalton, Dune by Frank Herbert, and The Road and Blood Meridian, both by Cormac McCarthy. He is addicted to Netflix and football (go Irish!). His hobbies include photography and hiking. He is a former mountain climber, summiting many of Colorado's famous "Fourteeners."

Jamming on the top of Mt. Democrat (14,148'), summer 2008

Worth in "the trough" around 13,800', closing in on the summit of Longs Peak, August, 2006.

The summit of Longs Peak - 14,255'

My good friend and climbing partner, Carey Fuller (right), whose friendship goes back nearly 40 years to our Duke spelunking days. Carey is a seasoned mountaineer and I never would have made this without his steady urging. This is the notorious "Keyhole," at about 13,200'. Many look at the exposure on the other side of the Keyhole and turn back.

The small white dot in the middle is Carey, in the middle of "the Narrows," an incredibly exposed traverse at about 13,900', between the top of "the Trough" and the foot of the "Homestretch."

The summit of Shavano, 14,229', August, 2006

On the top of Wetterhorn, summer 05

The long approach to Wetterhorn, rated one of Colorado's most challenging 14ers (with 110' of exposed Class 3 climbing on the final summit pitch - hence the helmet in the previous photo!).

Uncompaghre Peak (one of my favorites), 14,308', summer 2004*

North Carolina

Worth and Susan now live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, where they enjoy hiking with friends and their three dogs.

*Between ages 55 and 62 Worth climbed Sneffels, Yale, Red Cloud, Handies, Uncompahgre, Belford, Huron, Wetterhorn, La Plata, Quandry, Bierstadt, Bross, Lincoln, Cameron, Shavano, Longs Peak. Sunshine, San Luis, Mt. Sherman and Mt. Democrat.


Updated: 01.24.2015

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