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

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06-01-2009 4:16 PM -- By: Stuart Silvers,  From: Clemson University  

06-01-2009 4:13 PM -- By: Dawn Digrius,  From: Clemson  

I met Jerry when I arrived at Clemson in the Fall of 2008. I was hired as a one-year lecturer in STS but my background was in the history of Darwin and evolutionary theory. I was planning to hold a conference on Evolution and Religion in February 2009 at Clemson, and Jerry offered to help. We chatted for a long time about Darwin, evolution and San Diego! He invited me to join the Evolution reading group at Clemson and was always supportive of my work even though I was a brand new lecturer.and was not a permanent faculty member. 

When the conference time came in February 2009, Jerry graciously offered to serve as one of the Keynote speakers, enlightening the conference participants and students about his experiences teaching about evolution. It was a great talk. Jerry was one heck of a guy! Although I had only met Jerry this year, he was a wonderful colleague and will be sorely missed. Darwin Days will not be the same without him.

06-01-2009 4:05 PM -- By: Ashley White,  From: Clemson  

Jerry was one of my favorite professors at Clemson.  We even had lunch one day just to talk about philosophy and books we were reading... That's the kind of professor everyone should strive to be.  He was a great guy.  I took his Evolution and Creationism class and remember he would call me the 'class philosopher'.  Which was funny because I took Kelly Smith's philosophy classes and didn't argue so well in them :)  I admire him very much. 

06-01-2009 4:03 PM -- By: Tom Waldrop,  From: USFS Clemson  

I always liked Jerry.  The smile in this picture was always on his face.  Now, as I read about his life, I have come to admire him more than ever.  What a great guy!

06-01-2009 3:58 PM -- By: Brandon Holder,  From: Clemson University  

I didn't know Dr. Waldvogel personally, but ripples are always felt throughout the Clemson community when something such as this transpires.  He will be missed.

06-01-2009 3:57 PM -- By: Julia Lusk,  From: Undergraduate Studies, Clemson Univ.  

As coordinator of the Academic Integrity Committee, I worked with Jerry off and on since 2000.  Lucky for me, he never could say no to serving on the committee when his college asked him to serve again.  I could always count on him to serve on a hearing board and to chair that board.  I always knew with Jerry at the helm that the hearing would be run in the most professional manner possible.  He treated both the faculty and student with such respect and the other members on the committee learned from him.  I am so sad that I will not be working with him this summer and next academic year.  I will think of him often, but especially the next time there is an integrity hearing.  The committee won't be the same without him.

Sherry and Sarah - the only time Jerry told me no when I asked him to serve on a board was when you needed him.  I just can't imagine the loss you are feeling now.  But I hope you gain comfort in the words expressed here and by how much he was loved and will be missed.

06-01-2009 3:57 PM -- By: Paul Beardsley,  From: BSCS  

06-01-2009 3:52 PM -- By: Ben Leader,  From: Clemson University  

Clemson has lost a great member of its family.  We are all deeply saddened by this tragic news.  The impact Jerry has made on his students throughout the years has been remarkable.  I have never been lucky enough to take one of his classes, but I have only heard great things about them. Many students claim his class was the best course they ever took at Clemson. He is an incredible person and has touched so many people's lives in  his time here at Clemson.  My deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends, he will be missed.

06-01-2009 3:47 PM -- By: Gray S,  From: Clemson  

Took a class from him last year.  He had a true passion for what he taught.  Clemson and the world has lost a great man

06-01-2009 3:43 PM -- By: Harry Kurtz,  From: Clemson University  

I offer my condolences to Jerry's wife and daughter. 

Jerry was a wonderful person to work with and interact with on campus.  His wit and intelligence were always welcome at meetings and other events. 

He will be sorely missed.

06-01-2009 3:39 PM -- By: Justin Carter,  From: Clemson, SC  

One of Clemson's finest minds. He will be missed. Thank you to the family for sharing your loved one with us.

06-01-2009 3:30 PM -- By: Pedro Ildefonso,  From: Clemson University  

Jerry and I served on many committees together at Clemson, most notably the Academic Integrity Committee. His dedication to justice and fairness for the student members of the committee and those who came in front of the committee will continue to be a lasting example. I would like to offer my condolences to the family of Dr. Waldvogel. He was a great man and will be sorely missed. 

06-01-2009 3:29 PM -- By: Joe Mai,  From: Clemson  

I met Jerry W one time, during a Montessori school PTA meeting (3 years ago, I'd just come as a young prof to Clemson), and had a great chat with him about raising kids in SC.  I'd have loved to get to know him better, and I love seeing the outpour of memories people are sharing here.

06-01-2009 3:27 PM -- By: Laura Hunt,  From: Dallas, Tx  

 Jerry was an amazing person and I know he will be sorely missed. He cared so deeply for education and the Clemson family.  My thoughts and deepest sympathies for his family.

06-01-2009 3:25 PM -- By: Mylene Smith,  From: Clemson U.  

Jerry taught in the first "smart classroom" on campus and took advantage of the sound system by playing music as the auditorium filled with students.  I loved coming into class with a soundtrack that included Janis Joplin and other favorites of mine.  After being in his class, I would always share my biology-oriented jokes with him.  I will sorely miss Jerry's presence on campus.  He was a gem.  My heart goes out to his family.

06-01-2009 3:22 PM -- By: Patrick Jodice,  From: Clemson  

Jerry's passion for biology was unmatched and I always valued any interaction I had with him. I'm currently on a remote island in The Bahamas conducting research on seabird ecology and will think of him often this week and remind myself how fortunate we are to spend our time investigating 'some of the coolest stuff you can learn about'.

06-01-2009 3:22 PM -- By: Drew Gunnells,  From: Birmingham, AL (Clemson '08)  

I am extremely saddened to hear about the loss of Dr. Waldvogel.  I will be praying for his family and friends. He was truly an incredible professor and an innovative teacher.  Dr. Waldvogel inspired me to be both creative and excellent in my studies. I am very grateful to have had him as a professor.

06-01-2009 3:22 PM -- By: Camille Cooper,  From: Clemson University Libraries  

I became acquainted with Jerry through Communication Across the Curriculum events and a University committee here & there.  I admired his lively intelligence, good sense of humor, and down-to-earth personality.  And his passion for his work was palpable.  A truly inspirational individual.

06-01-2009 3:20 PM -- By: Paula Porter,  From: Clemson  

Dr. Waldvogel was my biology professor back in '97. He was always very excited about his work, very passionate about teaching and always had our attention. We have lost a very kind man who through teaching showed us the connection between science and our lives.

My deepest sympathies go out to the family.

06-01-2009 3:19 PM -- By: Ken Waldvogel,  From: Santa Cruz, CA  

Dear Sherry and Sarah, Aunt Alice, Jim, Jeff and families...Kathleen, Scott, Kevin, and I are in shock over this news. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.  We are all so saddend at Jerry's passing. He was one in a million with a passion for his work and a connection with all who came into contact with him that cannot be replaced.  Although we had not touched base in some time, I will miss his laughter when family got together. such a great person - Shara, be forever proud of your dad!..There were none better.          &nb sp;           & nbsp;            ;     Cousin Ken

06-01-2009 3:18 PM -- By: Webb & Diane Smathers,  From: Clemson, SC  

Jerry was a well-respected friend and colleague.  We will miss him and his many contributions to Clemson and the academy.  He was a true teacher.

06-01-2009 3:12 PM -- By: Katie Williams,  From: Greenville, SC  

I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Dr. Waldvogel's family. I took Honors Biology with him my freshman year  - back in 1999-2000. I will never forget his class - he was truly an inspiring teacher and individual. I still have my notebook from the course and like to look back at it every now and then - his evolution lectures were amazing. I am truly saddened to hear of his passing - he was a good man and an amazing asset to Clemson University.

06-01-2009 3:11 PM -- By: Justin McAlister,  From: Clemson, SC  

He always had a cheery "hello" for me when we passed in the hall.  I'll miss that.  My sincere condolences to his family.

06-01-2009 3:10 PM -- By: Jessica Goodrich,  From:  

I took Dr. Waldvogel's Honors Biology 104 class when I was a freshman at Clemson Universtiy. It was honestly the best class I have taken because of the variety he worked so hard to incorportate into the class. The discussions were also lively and unique. At one point, Dr. Waldvogel was asking about positive feedback loops. The class was completely silent and he said, "You can say orgasm! Don't be embarressed; this is a biology class!" He was also a very caring and compassionate person, helping me to stay positive when my father and mother were diagnosed with cancer within 5 months of each other.

I thank God for Dr. Waldvogel in my life, and I pray for comfort for his family.

06-01-2009 3:10 PM -- By: Marty Taylor,  From: Ithaca, Cornell  

I first met Jerry playing recreational volleyball - blocking him remains one of my proudest moments. Was lucky enough to work with him in Intro Bio at Cornell. He was loved by students and staff alike. Such energy and enthusiasm for biology and life. What a loss.

06-01-2009 3:09 PM -- By: Ed Rock,  From: Cooper Library  

Very saddening news...a great loss for Clemson, Jerry will be sorely missed. Sincerest condolences to the family.  Jerry was an inspiration to work with.

06-01-2009 3:09 PM -- By: Adria Updike,  From: Clemson University Physics Dept  

Prof. Waldvogel was an inspiration to all of us promoting science and education to the public.  On behalf of myself and the club 'Think', he will be sorely missed.

06-01-2009 3:09 PM -- By: Charlotte Holt,  From: Your Day Radio show  

All of us at Your Day are shocked and saddened by the news.  We certainly enjoyed having Jerry as a guest on our program, and we appreciated the guests and topics he suggested to us. What a lively, interesting, entertaining presence he's been!

06-01-2009 3:08 PM -- By: Hal Harrison,  From:  

Jerry was a great teacher.  I remember his lectures vividly and even though I was in a class of over 150 students, he knew my name and would often converse before/after class.  My condolences to his family during this difficult time.  I know he will be missed.

06-01-2009 3:06 PM -- By: Brad Jones,  From: Clemson University  


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