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Jerry A Waldvogel
December 24 1953 - May 30 2009

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06-01-2009 12:05 PM -- By: David Planck,  From: Lancaster, PA  

Dr. Waldvogel was a great professor and man.  I was a business major at Clemson and had the pleasure of having him as my bilogy professor.  I remember him as being one of my favorite professors.  He will be missed by Clemson University, alumni, and sadly future Clemson students.  My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.


David Planck - Alumni '00

06-01-2009 11:59 AM -- By: Wayne Sarasua,  From: Clemson  

You will forever be remember as one of Clemson's very best faculty.

My thoughts and prayers go out to your wonderful family.

06-01-2009 11:58 AM -- By: Erin Cooke Stephenson,  From: Charleston  

Dr. Waldvogel will be greatley missed.  His passion for Scoence and teaching was second to none.  He will always hold a special place in my heart during my Clemson Experience!!

06-01-2009 11:58 AM -- By: W.V. Baird,  From: Clemson University  

 Any such loss is never expected nor easily dealt with.  It is clear that throughout his career as a scientist and educator, Jerry had a positive impact on many colleagues as well as numerous undergraduate and graduate students – and this is in addition to his life as a loving husband and father.  I was fortunate enough to “sit in” on one of his courses a few semesters ago.  His enthusiasm for the topic, and commitment to a high quality and rigorous student learning experience, was evident to all.  The department, college and university have lost a valued and respected faculty member and friend.

06-01-2009 11:57 AM -- By: Daniel Smith,  From: Languages Dept.,Clemson Univ.  

As a member of the CU Faculty Senate, my condolences to Jerry's family and friends.   God bless and bring the brilliant hope that only He has to give.

06-01-2009 11:56 AM -- By: Julia Frugoli,  From: Clemson  

It was a short few weeks ago that Harry and I had the pleasure of sitting with Jerry and his wife at the Trustee Awards banquet.  I worked with Jerry thru SC LIFE and as a departmental colleaque when our departments were merged and have always enjoyed his wry sense of humor; the banquet was no exception.  My thoughts go out to his wife and daughter.  My memory of Jerry will always be like the picture on this page, a smile and gracious good will, and an incredible ability to explain science to everyone from legislators to students.

06-01-2009 11:54 AM -- By: Sheryl Banks,  From: Clemson  

06-01-2009 11:50 AM -- By: Kristy Ellenberg,  From: Columbia, sC  

I loved Dr. Waldvogel's freshman bioloby course.  I appreciated more about the science and The Far Side afterwards.  My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.

06-01-2009 11:49 AM -- By: Susan Barefoot,  From: Clemson University  

Jerry will be sorely missed. He was a great member of Clemson's faculty. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

06-01-2009 11:41 AM -- By: Derrick Jordan,  From: Clemson U.  

 I had Jerry as a professor in my undergrad biology courses. He was always approachable, affable and genuinely cared about his students. I couldn't tell you much about most of the profs I ever had but I can say without a doubt that Jerry was one of the best. This is truly a loss for us all.

06-01-2009 11:35 AM -- By: J. Drew Lanham,  From: Clemson U.  

Jerry was a friend and a member of my M.S. committee (Zoology 1990).  More than he could've ever known, he provided inspiration and encouragement that few others did when I was thinking about teaching as a career.  I'm now a Professor of Wildlife Ecology in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources here at Clemson and Jerry played a bigger role in that fate than unfortunately I ever let him know.  Great teaching  comes from the heart and Jerry exemplified that. We'll miss his enthusiasm for education.  Thank you Jerry.

06-01-2009 11:33 AM -- By: Kay Cooksey,  From: Professor, Endowed Chair at Clemson  

I did not know him personally but knew of him through colleagues.  Everyone spoke very highly of him, particularly as a teacher.  I am sad we have lost such a highly respected professional and colleague.  My thoughts and prayers are for his family.

06-01-2009 11:33 AM -- By: Sandy Emme,  From: Clemson  

 I didn't know Jerry well, but I respect him for his contributions to biology education here at Clemson, and to his willingness to contribute his time for fundraising efforts for his daughter's middle school band.  The glimpse that I had of him showed him to be a terrific person.  My condolences to his family and close friends.

06-01-2009 11:30 AM -- By: Deborah Jones,  From:  

My prayers are with the family and friends

06-01-2009 11:16 AM -- By: Adair Clary Pederson,  From: Greenwood, SC  

 I am so sad to have received an e-mail this morning regarding Dr. Waldvogel's death.  I lucked into having him in the fall of my sophomore year, and made sure I got him again in the spring.  Science had never been interesting to me, but I honestly thought about becoming a biology major just because of Dr. Waldvogel.  He was an amazing professor and delivered the content in such an interesting fashion. He often spoke of his wife and daughter as they meant very much to him.  Clemson University just lost one of the best! My prayers are with his family. 

06-01-2009 11:12 AM -- By: Candi Jones-McCall,  From: Clemson  

We have lost a valuable member of the scientific community.  Hoefully Jerry is up there getting all of the answers to the great evolution debate.

You'll be missed.

06-01-2009 11:09 AM -- By: Thomas Bonner,  From: Rock Hill, SC  

I only had Dr. Waldvogel for one class my freshman year, but he was definitely one of the best professors I had at Clemson. You could immediately tell that he loved teaching and introducing students to biology. He will be sorely missed.

06-01-2009 11:01 AM -- By: Chris Minor,  From: Clemson  

 Where to start here?  Jerry was my colleague, my mentor, my sounding board, and more importantly my friend.  In the last few years I had the pleasure of having him right there by my office.  Many times I would plop down in the chair in front of his desk, explain a situation and say, "what would you do?"  He always willingly shared his ideas and experiences but more than that, he made me feel better just by being there.

I think my favorite was when he would spontaneously appear at my door with a comment, a joke, a grump, a story about Sherry or my favorite stories, the ones about Sarah.  

Sherry and Sarah, my heart goes out to you so much.  I can't imagine what you must be going through. You were so dearly loved by him.  You could so see the pride and love in his eyes when he talked about either of you.  Sherry's fantastic butterfly gardens.  Sarah's writing, school, and interests. I think maybe that's what I'll miss most just that casual chat in the middle of a crazy day.

To not mention him professionally would be remiss.  Jerry was by far one of the best orators ever.  We all know he could talk, but he could speak so well.  Hold a class at attention, control a room of unruly professors and inspire others.  He had passion for his beliefs and boy did you know what he thought.  Sure, vocal, and poised.  Jerry could be a force to be reckoned with.  For the most part we saw things similarly, but on the occasions we didn't I knew I had to have my facts straight and my argument well thought out because he wasn't going to give me a break.  I'll miss his passion and dedication.  I'll miss him being a role model.  I'll miss him teaching me to be a better educator.


06-01-2009 11:00 AM -- By: carrie wells,  From: clemson university  

 you made a huge impact on my views of teaching biology, i will be a better person because of you, jerry

06-01-2009 10:56 AM -- By: Bill Pennington,  From: Clemson University  

 Jerry was so full of life, and so willing to share his enthusiasm.  He represented the very best of Clemson faculty. My deepest sympathy to his family.

06-01-2009 10:56 AM -- By: Alan Sams,  From: Clemson  

I didn't have much time to get to know Jerry.  In that short time I quickly realized how much he enjoyed teaching (in addition to being good at it) and how much he loved life.  He will be missed by all who knew him and our prayers are with his family.

06-01-2009 10:54 AM -- By: Sherri Murphree,  From: Taylors, SC  


For the short time I knew you, you were an inspiration, good friend and one of the few people I would take advise from.   My only regret is that I didn't stop by your office last week like I had been planning to do because I got too busy...I was going to  see if you wanted to adopt my hand raised birds.

Safe journey in the next walk of you life.  You will be missed.

06-01-2009 10:51 AM -- By: Sandr a Gray,  From: Clemson University  

06-01-2009 10:50 AM -- By: Holly Nance,  From: Clemson, SC  

Jerry was both a great mentor and a great friend to me.  I am so thankful to have known him and will never forget his guidance, encouragement, and humor.  My thoughts are with Sherry and Sarah, and everyone who will sorely miss him.

06-01-2009 10:30 AM -- By: Mike McLeod,  From: Clemson University  


Jerry was a great educator and a very fine colleague; funny, erudite and professional. I will miss him sorely.  My thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends.

06-01-2009 10:12 AM -- By: Kathy Woodard,  From: Clemson University  

 Jerry will be missed greatly --  He was one of Clemson's very best.

06-01-2009 9:49 AM -- By: Matt Johnson,  From: Clemson  

Dr. Waldvogel's death was such a shock to me, as I'm sure it was to all of you. He was on my graduate committee, and I was inspired by his passion and conviction towards science education. There was never a time when his door wasn't open for me to come by and ask questions, or discuss the latest science education news, or just chat. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

06-01-2009 9:47 AM -- By: Felicia Hawthorne,  From: Clemson Univ.  

rest in peace

06-01-2009 9:42 AM -- By: Amy Lawton-Rauh,  From: Clemson University  

Many people will miss Jerry for a long list of reasons, but can take comfort in knowing that his positive influence will carry on for a long time.  Sincere condolences to Jerry's family and friends.

06-01-2009 9:39 AM -- By: Patricia Chandler,  From: Lake City, South Carolina  

I am so sad that Jerry has left us.  He was an integral part of the wonderful Clemson experience provided to our rural, at-risk kids each year during the SC LIFE Biology Merit Exam trip.  He touched many young lives from this Pee Dee community. 


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