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Memorial created 05-31-2009 by
Kelly Smith
Jerry A Waldvogel
December 24 1953 - May 30 2009

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06-02-2009 1:41 AM -- By: Kathy Sorensen,  From: SCST and American River College, Sacramento CA  

At 10 am this Monday morning, I was scheduled to talk with Jerry about some SCST membership stuff. At 10 pm tonight, I am still struggling to put into words how I feel about this man I called my friend. He inspired me to be a better teacher, a better educator, a better friend.

 

One of the things we would email each other were song lyrics we enjoyed. Often, he would send the words of whichever song he and Sarah had listened to as took her to school. I was so happy to know he was introducing her to some great classic rock. To that end, I want to share some lyrics from the song “For Good” from the musical Wicked. I know, Jerry would laugh pretty hard at that. However, I think it captures my feelings about his life, and his death.

 

I've heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow…

…Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good


06-02-2009 12:48 AM -- By: Karlye Williams,  From: Clemson, SC  

Dr Waldvogel was a wonderful professor and when I recieved the email that he had passed, I was terribly upset. I had him this past semester for Evolution vs Creationism and he was an outstanding professor and I thoroughly enjoyed gonig to class. He told great stories and helped every student understand concepts. I would get to class early just to talk to him. He would help me with any topics that I was confused on. He will be deeply missed and I feel bad for all the people that won't get the honor to have him as their professor.


06-02-2009 12:39 AM -- By: Kelly Smith,  From: Clemson  

I have been reading all these posts as they come in and my email pings at me.  It's amazing how widespread Jerry's impact was.  It's only been two days since his death and the main notification went out this afternoon, but we already have over 160 comments in the guestbook from 20 different states (and one foreign country).


06-02-2009 12:37 AM -- By: Kim Sadler,  From:  

What a tremendous loss for us all.


06-02-2009 12:29 AM -- By: Andy Shedlock,  From: Shoals Lab, Harvard  

Jerry made the world a better place for all the right reasons.  It's been a great gift to known him.  His inspiration lives on and I will cherish the memories.


06-02-2009 12:28 AM -- By: Stephen D. Peele, Jr.,  From: Clemson University  

After hearing universally wonderful things about Dr. Waldvogel, I registered for one of his courses in the coming fall semester. I am saddened to hear of his untimely death and greatly dissapointed that I never got the chance to be one of his students. God Bless.


06-02-2009 12:14 AM -- By: Penny Bernstein,  From: SCST and Kent State University  

I knew of Jerry from a variety of biology activities in which I am engaged, including SCST. He will be missed!


06-02-2009 12:09 AM -- By: Amy Hutcheson,  From: Chicago, IL  

I took Prof. Waldvogel's BIOL H 103 and 104 classes my freshman year, and he ranks as one of my all time favorite professors.  It is saddening to think someone who enjoyed his life, family, and work so much would have it ended at too early a stage in his life.  I consider myself lucky that my last memories of Jerry were the couple times we randomly bumped into each other in the past year, like at Carowinds last summer.  He still instantly remembered me with a vibrant smile on his face.

I can assure his family and close friends that he was admired and respected greatly by me and my fellow students.


06-01-2009 11:49 PM -- By: John Taylor,  From: Southern Utah University  

 The highlight of SCST Board Meetings was dinner with Kathy Murray and Jerry.  Jerry was a fantastic individual and I feel honored to have known him.  My thoughts and heart go out to his family.  May you find peace.


06-01-2009 11:44 PM -- By: Lauren Lyles,  From: Clemson University  

Professor Waldvogel was one of my first professors when I started at Clemson in the fall of 2006. He was by far one of the best professors here at Clemson. He was actively engaged in the success and personal well-being of each student calling each by name despite having hundreds of students per class. He made a last impression on my college education as well as my personal outlook on life. I wish the best for his daughter in her future endeavors as well as my deepest condolences to his wife, daughter, extended family, and close friends. He will be missed. 


06-01-2009 11:32 PM -- By: Jamele R. Little,  From: Clemson University  


06-01-2009 11:28 PM -- By: Daniel Giamoni,  From: New Jersey  

RIP Professor Waldvogel.  You were one of my favorite professors, and I learned a great deal from you.  You will be missed. 

-Daniel


06-01-2009 11:10 PM -- By: Erika Iyengar,  From: Muhlenberg College  

I taught at Shoals at the same time as Jerry, and remember sitting up late at night hearing him swap stories and laughing.  He welcomed me in as a new professor and made me feel more comfortable in my first teaching gig.  The teaching community has lost a very valuable asset.


06-01-2009 11:07 PM -- By: Danielle Tom,  From: Idaho Falls, ID  

I had the privilege of taking his Biol 210: Evolution and Creationism course this past spring, which was an absolute blast. He's one of the best teachers I've ever had, and will be deeply missed. My condolences go out to the family.


06-01-2009 10:46 PM -- By: Ryan Greener,  From: Massachussetts  

Best professor I ever had at Clemson, I spent 5 years here and never had a professor that even came close to engaging his students like Dr. Waldvogel, sad day it is, he will be missed by all who have had him and all who have not had the honor.


06-01-2009 10:42 PM -- By: Anne, Joe, and Maria Tomasso,  From: San Marcos, TX  


06-01-2009 10:34 PM -- By: Del Gillispie,  From: Valparaiso, Indiana  

Jerry will be missed.  My deepest sympathy to the family.


06-01-2009 9:49 PM -- By: Hunter Gardner,  From: Winston-Salem, NC  

 I was a student of Jerry's in the Fall of 2007. I had just transfered to Clemson and his class stood out as one that not only got me excited about the study of biology but also to be getting an education at Clemson University. I was so impressed by his Fall course that I took his Spring course on evolution and religion, which challenged my thinking on both. Despite the all time spent in the class room with him, to this day my most vivid memory of him is seeing him on campus one day with a big smile on his face, walking with his wife and daughter. A great guy. 


06-01-2009 9:45 PM -- By: Judson Valentine,  From: Clemson, SC  

Dr. Waldvogel's Bio H104 class was my favorite class in college.  I was not interested in Biology until his class.  He will always be that one teacher that stands out in my mind for years to come.

God Bless!


06-01-2009 9:44 PM -- By: Allie Fox,  From:  

I took Jerry's class last year for Biology. Being a Comm. student, I was really nervous to take a science class, but he was the most helpful professor I have had in my three years at Clemson. One of the most genuine people I have met in my life. The world needs more teachers like him. I was heartbroken when I heard this news because I thought about how he always talked about his daughter, and how she was the picture on his screensaver. This is a very sad loss, but he is one of those people who has left memories to last a lifetime.

My condolences go to his family.


06-01-2009 9:29 PM -- By: Chris Brown,  From: Maryland  

 I was an undergrad at Cornell when Jerry was a grad student there and what I best remember about Jerry, to this day, was his great, whole-hearted laugh.  It just lifted your spirits when you heard it.  I'm sorry to hear of his passing.


06-01-2009 9:18 PM -- By: Kristen Laffler,  From: Clemson University  

 What an amazing teacher as well as person.  I enjoyed every second of his class and took away much more than just a grade.  

 

My love to his family and friends. 


06-01-2009 8:43 PM -- By: Ryan Kimbell,  From: Clemson  

I had looked forward to having Jerry as a professor one day. From the experiences I did have with him, he was a devoted and enthusiastic individual.


06-01-2009 8:14 PM -- By: Heather Kozak Thornton,  From:  

I will always remember the great discussions with him in our reading group and how inspiring he was for science education.  He will be missed. 


06-01-2009 8:13 PM -- By: Lauren Brewer,  From:  

I got to know Jerry through the Dixon Fellows program...He has enriched my life and I am thankful.


06-01-2009 8:13 PM -- By: Louis Kines,  From: Clemson University  

Dr. Waldvogel was my favorite teacher I had at Clemson.  He taught me Honors Biology freshman year (2005) and really set the bar high as far as teacher quality.  He was always very friendly, and it was easy to see that he genuinely wanted his students to succeed.  I was very sad to see the e-mail indicating that he had passed away.  It sounds like he led a very full life, and I will miss him.  Clemson has lost a hugely positive influence.


06-01-2009 8:07 PM -- By: J B Heiser,  From: SML. Cornell University  


06-01-2009 7:35 PM -- By: Richard Cardullo,  From: UC-Riverside and BSCS board  

Jerry had a passion for teaching and learning that was overwhelmingly infectious.  His gentle nature and his deep conviction will be missed by all who knew him.   His love for his students was only eclipsed by his devotion and pride in his family.

We will all miss this wonderful man!


06-01-2009 7:29 PM -- By: Josiah Hester,  From: Clemson  

He was a wnoderful teacher and a great force for many god programs.  Its hard to believe this has happened.  Were al praying for his family and closest friends.


06-01-2009 7:24 PM -- By: Kate Hawkins,  From: Six Mile, SC  

It's just unimaginable that Jerry's gone.  He was like a force of nature.  I didn't  know him well or for very long, but I respected him for his commitment to education.   All best wishes to his family during this difficult time.


 

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