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Jerry A Waldvogel
December 24 1953 - May 30 2009

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06-11-2009 1:54 PM -- By: Kathy Roth,  From: BSCS  

06-11-2009 10:51 AM -- By: Ron Harelstad,  From: Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences  

06-10-2009 5:05 PM -- By: Frank Cox,  From: Clemson  

My father, Walter Cox, was Class of 39 and a very big fan of Dr. Waldvogel - he shared his love of life and his zest for teaching students.   We grieve his loss as it is such a loss for you and for all who knew him.  As Dad used to say, our lives touch many people - most of which we don't even know...' Jerry impacted many people.  He will be missed and we share your loss and offer our prayers and deepest condolences.  God bless you.

06-10-2009 12:23 PM -- By: Renee Stephens,  From: BSCS  

My condolences to Jerry's family.  I feel fortunate to have known Jerry.

06-10-2009 2:27 AM -- By: Uncle Ken, Aunt Kay and Cousin Karen Waldvogel,  From: Soquel, CA  

Our deepest sympathy to all the family, Jerry was as wonderful person, our whole family will  miss him greatly.  Sherry and Sarah, you can be so proud of what Jerry accomplished, and the many lives that he touched.  Wonderful memories.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.

06-09-2009 9:28 PM -- By: Tim Goldsmith,  From: BSCS/Yale  

The world has lost a distinguished educator; BSCS has lost an exceptional leader; and we have all lost a marvelous friend. May Sherry and Sarah always have the wind at their backs as they make their way without him!

06-09-2009 6:21 PM -- By: Stam Zervanos,  From: Penn State University  

It was with great sadness that I learned of Jerry’s sudden and untimely death. My condolences to Sherry and Sarah for the loss of a devoted husband and loving father. I first meet Jerry in the fall of 2005 when he volunteered to help me with my groundhog hibernation study. This was not an area that he knew much about, but, as many of you know, Jerry had a thirst for knowledge and he jumped into the project with enthusiasm. He was instrumental in helping me implement and conduct the Clemson portion of the study. In the process we became good, close friends. He was a dedicated teacher and researcher. The students who helped us with the study all talked about his enthusiasm for learning, his openness, and his accessibility. He helped each and everyone to move ahead with their careers. He will be missed by all. In the words of a Greek condolence: "May his memory be eternal"!

06-09-2009 5:54 PM -- By: Diana Womack Bergen,  From: San Diego, Calif  

Jerry Waldvogel is one of my favorite people; the rare human being with the combinition of intelligence, humility, strength and ability to contribute positive knowledge and understanding of  our world.

06-09-2009 5:44 PM -- By: Randy Moore,  From:  

Jerry was a fine, gracious man. He improved his profession, helped many people, and often gave me ideas to improve my work. He was one of "the good guys." His death leaves the world a little less bright.

06-09-2009 1:46 PM -- By: Katy,  From: SC  

Dr. Waldvogel taught my freshman BIO class, and I was terrified.  I can still hear the music playing as I walked through the doors of the auditorium.  He had a way of putting you at ease.  He's one of the few professors who still sticks out in my mind today.  Rock on, Dr. Waldvogel. 

06-09-2009 10:32 AM -- By: Alex Karakozoff,  From: McLean, VA  

I too was a team mate of Jerry's at Stanford. He was an outstanding leader and a favorite of those in the line  that protected him.

Many peple don't know that Jerry started at QB for Stanford vs. Michigan (rated #1 in the country) in 1974. He completed 21-40 passes for 234 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jerry drove us to a lead at halftime and to 20-16 with 5 minutes to play.  the defense couldn't hold Michigan  and we lost  27-16. In the middle of a 3 year, 3 quarterback controversy, Jerry  played sparingly the rest of his career. He never complained and was a great teammate for the 3 years we played together.

My heart and prayers go out to your family.

06-09-2009 2:30 AM -- By: Eliot Brenowitz,  From: Seattle  

Jerry, you left the party too early, and as I recall, you always stayed for the last dance and until the beer was gone!  German Cross will never be the same.  We will not forget you.


06-09-2009 12:57 AM -- By: Rupal Shah,  From: Tanzania by birth but now Clemson  

I completed my MS at Clemson in 2007. I didn't know Dr. Waldvogel through class but only knew him from talking to him in the hallways and seeing him be "Darwin" during the Biological Sciences Graduate Student Association's events :) He was always very pleasant and courteous. From his encounters with others at the university, I can tell he was admired and loved by many. I know he will certainly be missed by community at Clemson University.

I will, especially, be praying for his young daughter and his wife. I pray that God will watch over them and give them the strength they need during this time. I hope that his daughter will find the faith and hope to go through this difficult time with her mom.

I hope God rests Dr. Waldvogel's soul in eternal peace.

With sympathy and prayers,

Rupal Shah

06-08-2009 11:07 PM -- By: Scott Pekar,  From: S. Lake Tahoe, CA  

Peace Brother, Peace. I will always remember

We will bird together again someday.

The world has lost a great one.

My Love goes out to the family.


06-08-2009 9:23 PM -- By: Lynn Keeton Gamwell,  From: Carolina, Rhode Island  

My thoughts and love go out to Jerry's family and to all of the other friends of Jerry's who grieve together at the loss of this extraordinary man. 

Jerry was my father, William Keeton's, last PHD student at Cornell before he died in 1980.   Jerry's connection with my family became deeply meaningful to all of us in the years that followed my father's death.  Jerry helped us to follow the thread of my father's work as a biologist who was committed to research but also to student education.   We rejoiced in all the wonderful things Jerry accomplished professionally. 

Jerry was wonderful at staying in touch and honoring old friendships.  He maintained contact with each of us Keetons individually for all of these 29 years since my father died.  My memories of him are too numerous to list, but I will include a few.  He was there to bounce me in (or out) of the Nines in collegetown, he encouraged me with letters in college, we partied at German Cross Roads, I watched him marry Sherry (his "better half"), and he was one of the first people to call me to celebrate when my husband and I became parents.  Most recently Jerry was one of the featured speakers at a Cornell ceremony honoring my father where we Keetons were so grateful for all the thought and effort Jerry put into celebrating his mentor.  

Jerry loved his family deeply and never missed an opportunity to connect with those he cared about.  I am so grateful for his friendship and the care he bestowed on my family.  He leaves a huge hole in my universe.  Jerry, I honor your spirit.  God Speed.

Sugar magnolia, ringing that bluebell, caught up in sunlight, come on out singing
I'll walk you in the sunshine, come on honey, come along with me.  (The Grateful Dead)


06-08-2009 8:26 PM -- By: Grace Eason,  From: Farmington, Maine  

 I met Jerry as a member of the Society for College Science Teachers. He was a wonderful mentor and an inspirational teacher. I was so fortunate to have met and worked with him, what an amazing soul. Thanks for making me laugh Jerry.


06-08-2009 8:22 PM -- By: Rene Trevino,  From: San Diego  

I am a high school classmate of Jerry's and was very sad to hear of his passing.  I remember Jerry on the football field and sharing the baseball diamond.  One of our fondest memories will be winning CIF our Junior year under Coach Taylor. 

My thoughts and prayers go to the Clemson family and especially to the Waldvogel family.  Jerry's legacy is one to be proud of and will be talked about for many years.

God Bless,

Rene Trevino

Kearny Class of '72

06-08-2009 8:18 PM -- By: Barbara Keeton,  From:  

Thanks for the privilege of reviewing this wonderful man's life.  He has been a virtual member of our family  since  late 1970's.....always keeping contact with each of us in sincerely caring ways.    Thanks Jerry for your abiding friendship.

06-08-2009 2:36 PM -- By: Jeff Waldvogel,  From: Chicago, IL  

Thanks to everyone for your fond memories, and kind words. I will share more "early days" photos and stories when I get back to Chicago.


06-08-2009 12:59 PM -- By: Deborah Smith,  From: University of Kansas  

This is a terrible shock.  I remember Jerry from grad school, and what a great partier (and scientist) he was.  I can only hope he's preparing a party somewhere now.


06-08-2009 11:28 AM -- By: Tammy,  From: Nev.  

I'm very sorry for your loss of Jerry....I think he would have been a wonderful person to have met, he had a very kind face from what I see in photos. God bless....Sincerely, Tammy

06-08-2009 11:17 AM -- By: Stephanie Johnson Sanders,  From:  

 Dr. Waldvogel taught my honors freshmen biology class which to this day is still one of my favorite classes. He was a wonderful professor and I'm sad that more students will not have the chance to know him. My condolences to his family.

06-08-2009 10:37 AM -- By: matt,  From:  

Dr. Waldvogel was my very first class as a freshman. Walking into a huge auditorium with 100 or more students was a bit intimidating, and I thought surely the professors would only know me as a number. Within a week Dr. Waldvogel knew my name (as well as everyone else's). He made biology so interesting and inviting and his enthusiasm was contagious.  My friends and I loved going to his class.  He was by far my best "teacher" at Clemson and I'll remember him fondly even though he barely knew me.

06-08-2009 2:05 AM -- By: Dov Lank,  From: from Cornell grad days  

I'm another from Jerry's Cornell PhD years.  I echo Doug Quine's thought about one lesson Jerry might not have learned from his advisor and mentor Bill Keeton...who was only 40 when his heart failed.  Jerry was a Keeton student, and obviously, from other entries here, took Keeton's passon for teaching into his career.  Not to say that they were clones - Keeton was not exactly the get down and boogie type.  But both took really positive attitudes into their personal and academic pursuits.

Jerry is the second of what I think of as our old graduate cohort to die this year - Joanne Wimer, who lived out towards the GAX house in those days, died of cancer last year.  I guess we're moving into this demographic, we will have more of these virtual reunions.  NIce of us.

Keep on Truckin, Jerry.


06-08-2009 1:20 AM -- By: Debra Koutnik,  From: Cornell (past)  

Marie Read was the one who shared this sad and tragic news with me.  It immediately brought me back to our Cornell days and as many on these pages have noted, the parties that Jerry and Steve hosted on German Cross Road.  What memories of joyous youthful exuberance!! 

While I am very sad at Jerry's untimely death, at the same time, it touches my heart to hear about Jerry's life well lived.  His love of biology, life, poetry, teaching, and his passionate commitment to each. 

I know his family will have a deep and abiding hole at this loss, but that they also will have so many loving and happy memories of Jerry to fill that hole over time.  I wish you peace trying to hold onto the love and laughter.

Debra Koutnik, MD (Ashland, OR)

06-08-2009 12:51 AM -- By: Carol Saunders,  From: Antioch New England Grad School, Keene, NH  

It’s hard to express the shock and sense of loss I feel.  Jerry was a key part of my graduate years at Cornell with the NB&B gang and assorted others. They were transformative years for sure, and I felt lucky to be surrounded by so many talented, fun people.  Jerry was a central character during that time…a lovable, inspiring, thoughtful, joyful person who made everyone feel great.

I can still bring back vivid memories…whether it was playing softball, relaxing on Flat Rocks, discussing the virtues of Darwin, philosophizing about Dancing Wu Li Masters and the New Physics, or just dancing & partying all hours of the night at German Cross Roads.  I have no doubt that he was a fabulous teacher.  He certainly taught me a lot.

I’m glad I had the chance to see Jerry several years ago while I was still at Brookfield Zoo.  He was in Chicago for the NABT convention.  We met for a beer with Patty McGill and talked about possible partnerships dealing with the Evolution-Creationism debates.  He encouraged me to go to the Shoals to talk a little about conservation psychology.  I’m disappointed that I didn’t get to experience that place with him.  I now live in NH, so I was getting closer.  I still want to visit and I’m sure I’ll feel Jerry’s presence there.  I already feel Jerry’s presence in all the posts I’ve read.  It’s clear he had a tremendous impact on all of us.  I will miss him dearly.

06-08-2009 12:38 AM -- By: Julie Suiter,  From: San Diego, Ca  

Jerry will always be remembered as our star quarterback in high school. To his family, memories last forever, remember to smile at all of them. Heaven now has a new angel.

06-07-2009 10:11 PM -- By: James,  From: Knoxville, TN  

Jerry taught my general bio course at Clemson. While it’s been about 18 years, I still remember walking into the auditorium with +/- 150 other students, hearing another Jerry (Jerry Garcia) playing Eyes of the World and thinking, “I’m going to enjoy this class”. Jerry W. made what could have been a very stale intro class into an engaging and enlightening course.  My condolences go out to his friends and family. 

06-07-2009 9:46 PM -- By: Justin,  From: Atlanta  

Dr. Waldvogel was by far the best professor I had while at Clemson.  I was an accounting major and graduated in '96.  To his wife and daughter, my prayers are with you an know that your husband and father was a man who's passion inspired, encouraged, and equipped many young people to become who they are today.

06-07-2009 9:00 PM -- By: Donald Veale,  From: Poway, CA  

Jerry will be missed. Many of us will remember him fondly. It was good to see him at the 30th reunion of Kearny Class of 72.


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