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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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06-04-2009 9:58 AM -- By: Katherine Savage,  From: Cary, NC  

I'm one of Sherry's sisters.  Thank you so much for setting this up.  I'll add something later.


06-04-2009 9:25 AM -- By: Ken & Barbara WEaver,  From: CLemson. SC  

Jerry was a good friend and colleague, one who touched our lives everytime we encountered him. We will miss you Jerry.


06-04-2009 7:29 AM -- By: Steffanie Meyer,  From: Chicopee, MA  

Jerry was such an amazing teacher, and overall nice guy. He will be missed.


06-04-2009 2:38 AM -- By: Chana,  From: Isreal  

thanks for sharing his life with us

Chana


06-04-2009 12:22 AM -- By: Charlie Muise,  From: Lamar County, GA  

Such sad news!  I took one of his classes, and was not only well-educated, but also highly entertained. 


06-03-2009 9:59 PM -- By: Dick Ecklund,  From: Ithaca, NY; Cornell  

I met Jerry at the beginning of his remarkable career as a biology educator.  In his first (maybe second) year as a graduate student at Cornell, he became a teaching assistant in an introductory biology laboratory course which I helped coordinate and supervise.  He was a TA in that course for at least four semesters and I interacted with him weekly (sometimes more frequently) during those semesters.  Jon Glase, the director of lab course, and I were very favorably impressed with Jerry's teaching skills and his commitment to teaching.  When he completed his Ph.D. requirements, we recommended him for a post-doctoral teaching fellowship in the introductory biology course, which he received and held for two years.  In this capacity, Jerry taught lab sections, gave a few lectures, developed and revised lab exercises, and supervised and trained TAs.  His enthusiasm and humor made our staff meetings and TA preparatory sessions lively and enjoyable.  He also made many major contributions to the lab exercises.

I had little communication with Jerry after he moved to his position at Clemson.  I had heard through the "grapevine" that he had married, had a daughter and was doing well professionally.  Last September I reconnected with him.  Jerry came to Ithaca to be a guest speaker at the dedication of a new Cornell student residence hall named for his graduate committee chair, William Keeton.  We had a chance to "catch up" before and during the dinner.  I was truly moved by Jerry's tribute to Bill Keeton, who, he described and explained, had been a role model as a teacher, researcher and person to him.  Unfortunately, Bill Keeton died of a heart attack when Jerry was a graduate student.

After reading many of the Guest Book entries, it seems to me that in several ways Bill Keeton was to Cornell what Jerry was to Clemson.  Unfortunately, they both died at a time when they still had much to give to their families, universities and students.

My deepeth sympathy goes to Jerry's family.


06-03-2009 7:47 PM -- By: Marcy Kaufmann DeEmedio,  From: former Clemson student  

Jerry was such a great professor.  He was always so animated and really made biology fun.  He will surely be missed.


06-03-2009 6:43 PM -- By: Rick Blob & Nora Espinoza,  From: Clemson Bio Sci  


06-03-2009 6:43 PM -- By: Rick Blob & Nora Espinoza,  From: Clemson Bio Sci  


06-03-2009 6:14 PM -- By: Amanda Christiano,  From: Clemson University  


06-03-2009 5:47 PM -- By: Anne Westbrook,  From: BSCS  

 Jerry had such an obvious enthusiasm and passion for improving science education that he shared readily with all of us at BSCS. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and daughter at this difficult time. I hope the memories of lots of good times help you now.


06-03-2009 5:23 PM -- By: Brenda Hungerford,  From: Anderson, SC  

Jerry was my freshman bio professor at Clemson in 98-99.  He was an incredible teacher, and he will be greatly missed. 


06-03-2009 4:28 PM -- By: Jae Hee Cho,  From: Clemson University  

I was in Dr. Waldvogel’s BIO 103 h and 104 h class, and I can say he is one of the greatest teachers that I ever had. He taught us not only facts about biological science but also ways of thinking with creativity and open mind. It is really shame to lose such a talented professor.

In sympathy from the bottom of my heart

JHC

06-03-2009 3:19 PM -- By: Kirstin,  From: Menlo Park, CA  

I met Jerry this past spring at KSTF selection, where we laughed about our respective Stanford experiences.  He went out of his way to make me feel welcome over that weekend, and I'm saddened to hear of his passing.


06-03-2009 3:09 PM -- By: Kim Brucz,  From:  


06-03-2009 1:34 PM -- By: Judy Supple,  From: Denver Colorado  

As the travel agent for BSCS I have spoken with Jerry for many years although we never met. I will never forget his kindness, humor and friendliness.

I send my sincere sympathy to Jerry's family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.

Judy Supple


06-03-2009 1:10 PM -- By: Johnny Hofford,  From: Charleston,SC  


06-03-2009 1:07 PM -- By: E.G. Haenni,  From: Florida  

I knew Jerry through SML and Clemson. I will miss his support and mentoring through the years, along with his wicked sense of humor. Sherry and Sarah, thanks for sharing Jerry so generously and you will be in my prayers.

In sympathy, Eric


06-03-2009 1:03 PM -- By: Aisha Grimes,  From:  

I am sorry for this loss. He was a great professor. He will be truly missed!

 


06-03-2009 12:43 PM -- By: Bruce Whisler,  From: Clemson  


06-03-2009 12:30 PM -- By: Mary Kiely,  From: Stanford University  

 I am a member of the Board of Directors of BSCS - a close, small-knit group of professionals dedicated to improving science education in the United States.  It was at BSCS that I was fortunate to get to know Jerry.  From the moment we met, his warmth and love of life came through in his smile and during our many animated conversations.  As it turned out, we overlapped a bit as Stanford undergraduates in the Department of Biological Sciences.   That shared experience made our bond even stronger.  Jerry made everyone happy.  He cared about our professional and personal life and, in turn, shared his.  He loved teaching undergraduates at Clemson and always tried to improve what he taught and how he taught - to inspire young college students.  He loved his family. He was so proud of his wife and her accomplishments, and his daughter, as she entered the transition into her teen years.  I feel so blessed to have known Jerry.  He will be part of me forever - I will not forget all that he gave me as a friend and as a role model.  Love you, Mary


06-03-2009 12:20 PM -- By: Jenn Kibbe,  From:  

I had the pleasure of visting the beautiful Isle of Shoals in the summer of 2000 with my husband Brandon who was a student of Jerry's in the summer of '95. During that short but memorable stay I had the pleasure of meeting Jerry and his close friends Wil and Hal.

Sitting around at night listening to all of them  tell great stories and sharing many  laughs will be something I never forget. 

My thoughts and prayers are with Jerry's family and his friends.

He will be missed by many, even those who only knew him for a short period.

 

 


06-03-2009 11:14 AM -- By: John Phillips & Deb Olsen,  From: Virginia Tech  

Jerry was a close friend and colleague.  Deb and I have many fond memories of Jerry from our graduate student days.  Still remember our first encounter with the "surfer dude" (long blond hair, Hawiian shirt)--what was this guy doing in upstate New York? 

Jerry's time on this planet was too short, but every life he touched was better for it.  John Phillips & Deborah Olsen


06-03-2009 10:44 AM -- By: Jason Hart,  From: Baltimore, MD  

I was in Dr. Waldvogel's class my first two semesters for Freshman biology back in 1995.  I remember making A's in both classes and I was by no means an "A" student!  I guess that goes to show what a great teacher he was. His classes were entertaining and I remember some discussions to this day.  He was one of my favorite professors I had and I regret I didn't get to know him outside of the classroom.

I remember fondly him playing Waylon Jennings before class started and for a good ol' boy like me, I thought that was the coolest thing a professor could do.

Rest in peace Jerry and thank you for making my Clemson experience more memorable.  My condolences to friends and family.


06-03-2009 10:19 AM -- By: Rhonda Todd,  From: UGS  

Dr. Waldvogel will be greatly missed.  My heartfelt sympathy to his wonderful family and friends.


06-03-2009 9:07 AM -- By: Emily Lybrand,  From: Piedmont, SC  

Dr. Waldvogel made biology so fun and exciting...his enthusiasm really made an impression on all of us.  What a terrible loss to the Clemson family.  He will be missed very much.

Emily Lybrand '98


06-03-2009 9:02 AM -- By: Amy E. Wilson,  From:  


06-03-2009 8:57 AM -- By: Jon C. Glase,  From: Cornell University  

Jerry was one of the best postdoctoral teaching fellows we ever had in the intro. biology program at Cornell. He was a valued colleague, a dear friend, and the last person I expected to die young. We can all learn from this tragedy to make the most of every moment.


06-03-2009 7:36 AM -- By: Andrew Farnsworth,  From: Cornell Lab of Ornithology  

It is rare, I think, that one meets a person with the passion, the vibrance, the humor, the pateince, and the intelligence to inspire budding young minds, and to energize students to think critically, scientifically, about the ways that they see their worlds.  To state the obvious, Jerry was all of these things and more. 

As a graduate student at Clemson, I feel blessed to have had the chance to know Jerry.   As a fellow Cornell graduate, I am proud of all the things he accomplished.  He will be sorely missed by all who had the good fortune to know him personally.  Yet, while I am sad for all those who will not have this chance, I am reminded that he will live on in the eyes and minds of the generation of passionate, vibrant, funny, patient, and gifted scientists to which he imparted his infinite wisdom.

 

Andrew Farnsworth, Ph.D. (Cornell, 2007)

Cornell Lab of Ornithology


06-03-2009 12:52 AM -- By: Adrianne Bradshaw,  From: Greensboro N.C./ Clemson Student from 2004-2008  

 Dr. Waldvogel was truly a passionate, humble and fantastic person.  I was blessed to have him as a professor my last semester at Clemson University, in 2008.  He never imposed his opinon on any of his students nor did he ever make anyone feel as though they're viewpoints were wrong, he was a teacher in the true sense of the word; he stressed the importance of opening one's eyes and seeing the world in more than one way.  I was heartbroken in hearing of his passing, I know that he has positively affected many many people and his legacy as a fantastic professor and human being will forever be in my heart as well as in the hearts of others.  God Bless his family and my prayers are with them at this difficult time.

 In closing, I encourage all to celebrate Life and to find your passion and go after it!  Jerry Waldvogel was certainly a great example of that.  R.I.P. Dr. Waldvogel.


 

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