Of Arlington, VA. Dana was born in Ridley Park, PA, grew up in Christ Church, and attended Lakeview Elementary School, and Ridley Junior and Senior High Schools. She was an exemplary student, being promoted from 4th to 6th grade and winning numerous awards. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.A. in Economics in 1982 and from Syracuse University with a Ph.D. in Public Finance in 1990.
Dana was an economist and sector manager for the Economic Policy and Debt Department of the World Bank. In addition to her recent focus on economic and debt issues, she worked on fiscal and governance issues in East Asia, Latin America and the Europe and Central Asia regions. Prior to joining the World Bank, she worked for Barents Group, a subsidiary of KPMG. In her career, she received more than 15 honors and awards for her outstanding work in economics and public finance.
Dana enjoyed gourmet cooking, baking, entertaining family and friends with lavish meals, reading, going to the beach, yoga, and spending time with her family. She traveled extensively around the world and had many close friends from many countries. Daughter of the late Robert W., Jr. and Carole Davis Weist. She is survived by sister, Kara Warholic, brother-in-law, Mark Warholic; brother, Mark Weist, sister-in-law, Amber Weist; nieces Abby, Hannah, Kylee, and Shannon; and nephews Jackson, Nathan, and Tyler.
Burial Rite and Eucharist 1 PM Sunday, October 17, 2010 at Christ Church Episcopal, 104 Nevin Street, Ridley Park, PA 19078. Burial will be in the adjoining church memorial garden. Visitation 7 to 9 PM Saturday at the White-Luttrell Funeral Home, 311 N. Swarthmore Avenue, Ridley Park, PA 19078.
Dana was the most generous and caring person to her friends and family and a blessing to all. Her battle against cancer was inspirational. Danaâ€™s wishes were to establish a fund at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC to support wellness among people contending with cancer. In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to the Weist Fund for Oncology Wellness Programming at: Sibley Memorial Hospital Foundation, 5255 Loughboro Road, NW, Washington, DC 20016 (phone, 202-537-4257).