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Jerry A Waldvogel
December 24 1953 - May 30 2009

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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.


06-01-2009 7:03 PM -- By: Teddi Fishman,  From: Clemson  

Every university has a core of people who are its intellectual lifeblood--the ones who blaze the trails, develope innovative programs, and take the university forward. Everyone knows them. If you're a student, you want to be in their class.  If you're a teacher, you want to be like them.

At Clemson, everyone knows Jerry as one of these people. We've worked with him to judge poems, to defend science, and to revise gen ed. Whenever there was creative work with students going on, Jerry was there. 

I don't know how long it will be before we stop expecting to see him, working on the next new curricular revision or sharing his latest teaching innovation. Given how central he was both as a faculty member and a friend to so many of us, I think it will be a long, long time.


06-01-2009 7:01 PM -- By: Jane Ellis,  From: Presbyterian College  

 It is very difficult to describe the significance of Jerry’s loss to Clemson, science education in our state and in our country.  He was a champion of all things biological!  He was vibrant in his teaching and passionate in his quest to explain evolution to the masses.  We will all miss him!


06-01-2009 6:53 PM -- By: Joy W.,  From:  

I had Dr. Waldvogel my sophomore year at Clemson back in 2002.  He was a great teacher and even more loving person.  My condolences go out to your family.  God Bless!


06-01-2009 6:35 PM -- By: Susan Rust,  From: BSCS  

Jerry was an extraordinary person, and I am honored to have known him. He brought to every situation a positive attitude, a great deal of respect for others, and a wonderful sense of enthusiasm that was always contagious.


06-01-2009 6:13 PM -- By: John Epps,  From: Lugoff, SC  

I had Dr. Waldvogel my freshmen year for Biodiversity and enjoyed him and his class so much I took his evolution class the next semester.  I will be a senior this fall and Dr. Waldvogel is still at the top of my list for favorite professors I have had.  He always was understanding, helpful, involved, and entertaining.  i will never forget walking downtown one afternoon and him seeing me and going out of his way to come toward me and ask how I was doing.  I knew him very shortly and but long enough to realize he was an amazing person, the Clemson community has lost a great individual. 


06-01-2009 6:05 PM -- By: Emma Ellis,  From: Prosperity, SC  

 Professor Waldvogel was one of the greatest teachers I ever had! It was in his class, in one of his pre-class music plays that I discovered David Bowie's "Young Americans" (which I absolutely love!)and right before the 2008 Xmas break I had him check my eportfolio for his class, I told him about my favorite artist Lady GaGa. I remember he also said about global warming that we can either "buy a six-pack and ride it out, or make changes now to do something about what's coming." I am very sorry and my sincere condolences go out to the family. He will be missed greatly!!!!


06-01-2009 6:00 PM -- By: Bob Kosinski,  From: Clemson University  

Jerry was a powerful presence in life sciences education at Clemson and across the nation. I was chair of his tenure committee and a later promotion committee, and it was clear that he was widely admired. Reviewers, students, and  collaborators gave the same reasons--his dedication, passion, talent, and innovative spirit. Jerry will be sorely missed, but he has left behind thousands of students whose lives he has enriched.


06-01-2009 5:58 PM -- By: Michele Kittell,  From: Lewisburg, PA  

Dr. Waldvogel was one of the people I have met in my life that truly inspired me through his genuine dedication to education.  After a few interactions, I knew he was someone who I admired and whose philosophy I still carry with me in my career as an educator...I'm grateful to have met him.


06-01-2009 5:51 PM -- By: Kaitlin Nichols,  From: Orlando, FL  

Professor Waldvogel was an incredible teacher and an amazing person. He was the man from whom I learned the most during my first at Clemson University, and I will never forget him.


06-01-2009 5:40 PM -- By: Renee Roux,  From: Clemson, SC  

I also send my sincerest condolences to Dr. Waldvogel's family.  Although he did not know me well, I felt like I knew him because he was such an important and inspiring presence on this campus.  He will be greatly missed.


06-01-2009 5:40 PM -- By: Judy Gossling Foertsch,  From: Santa Clarita, Ca.  

Although our families have lost contact over the years, I will always remember Jerry as a little blond whirlwind.  Condolences to the Waldvogel family!


06-01-2009 5:40 PM -- By: Shala Hankison,  From: Delaware, Ohio  

Jerry was a great professor and a wonderful person to have around.  His enthusiasm for teaching and getting students excited was amazing.


06-01-2009 5:38 PM -- By: Caroline Parsons,  From: Clemson, SC  

Dear Sherry and Sarah, I am so sorry for your loss.  Jerry was such an energetic colleague and so easy to know.  He was so devoted to students and to their curriculum.  He regularly spoke of his daughter in meetings.  Please let me know if there is anything I can do.  Caroline Parsons, Lecturer, Department of Communication Studies


06-01-2009 5:32 PM -- By: Reid Addy,  From: Clemson  

I never had a professor that was so excited about the material they were teaching.  He was a very energetic man and a great professor.  Great loss for Clemson University.  Prayers go out to family and friends.   


06-01-2009 5:29 PM -- By: Lauren Patterson,  From: Clemson  

Jerry was one of my favorite Professors at Clemson. He was such a great guy and an awseome Professor. He really took the time to get to know his students and you could tell he guinely cared about them. He truely loved Biology and was very passionate about his work. He will be missed.


06-01-2009 5:26 PM -- By: Lauren,  From: Clemson  

I did not know Professor Waldvogel, but my heart goes out to his family. Know that you will all be in my prayers, as will Jerry. His time here on earth is over, but he is smiling down on all of us from above. To his family: may you rejoice in the life he lived here on earth, and find comfort in knowing that he is in eternal paradise. God Bless you, Jerry.


06-01-2009 5:23 PM -- By: Crystal Davenport,  From:  

Hmm...i probably talked to you maybe 3 months ago. Took Honors Bio with you freshman year, and while that was like 3 years ago, you still remembered my name and asked how my poultry research was going. Incredible instructor, and a surprisingly caring individual. Probably the only person who ever lived a considerable amount of time in California i've ever liked and also the only instructor outside of my department from freshman year that i regularly talked to. Seems very weird for you to be dead. Your daughter has truly missed out on more time with someone special.


06-01-2009 5:21 PM -- By: Terry Walker,  From: Biosystems Engr  

 A great loss for Clemson.


06-01-2009 5:19 PM -- By: Chris Pagano,  From: Clemson  

I am especially grateful for the time that Jerry spent as a volunteer at the Clemson Montessori School.

Nobody did more to instill in my son a joy for reading and a curiosity for science.

Jerry lives on in so many people.


06-01-2009 5:02 PM -- By: Douglas B. Slomski,  From: Chicago, IL  

God Bless and God's Speed, Thanks for playing army men with me in CA, summer of 1972

Your Cousin,

Doug


06-01-2009 4:59 PM -- By: Sara Sarasua,  From: Clemson  

I first met Jerry 10 years ago when our daughters were in the same Montessori preschool class. Now they are both in middle school band together and in January Jerry chaperoned their band trip to Washington DC to take part in the inauguration.  I also had the privilege of working with him teaching biology labs.  He loved his family.  He will be missed.


06-01-2009 4:52 PM -- By: Brittany Trefzger,  From: Clemson  

 i never had the priviledge to have him as a professor, but i know from many how he has positively affected everyone in his class.  i know he will be sorely missed. 

your family is in my prayers.  God bless you!


06-01-2009 4:50 PM -- By: Chris Ellisor,  From: Greenville, SC  

I met Jerry a 2 years ago, and immediately recognized how great a person he was.  My own sadness cannot compare to what his family must be going through and i send my deepest condolances.  Please know that there are many that now support you, and find comfort in the time you were given with this great man and not the time that was taken away. 


06-01-2009 4:31 PM -- By: Renee Brooks,  From: Biology Department  


06-01-2009 4:26 PM -- By: Linda Howe,  From: Clemson  

I first met Jerry at a CAC workshop where he presented a poem of "pick-up line" that was written by one of his many inspired students in the shape of an egg and sperm...I was lucky enough to have lunch at the same table and what a down to earth, charming  man--his students were blessed, his colleagues as well, and Clemson will be absent one very special professor, scholar and gentleman.


06-01-2009 4:24 PM -- By: Eric Meikle,  From: National Center for Science Education  


06-01-2009 4:17 PM -- By: John Ryan,  From: Virginia Tech  

Jerry was a great teacher and a great friend to our family and especially our daughter Molly.  A master of dinosaur information when that mattered most.


 

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