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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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06-02-2009 4:12 PM -- By: Sharon Rollins,  From: Bechtelsville, PA  

I knew Jerry as an interesting and fun guy when he was a grad student at Cornell.  I attended most of the fantastic parties that he and his roommates had at their house and always met new people and had a good time.  I'm so shocked and sorry that he had to go soon young.  I'm glad that he had such a great life and was able to work at something that he loved so much.   

06-02-2009 3:57 PM -- By: Laura Smith,  From: Clemson  

06-02-2009 3:47 PM -- By: Clarence Balch,  From: Clemson  

I had the priviledge of working with Jerry in several programs.  He always inspired and entertained in whatever we did together.  He will be greatly missed by

many people. 

Clarence Balch

06-02-2009 3:28 PM -- By: Charles Coble,  From: Chapel Hill, NC  

 It was a great honor to serve on the BSCS Board of Directors with Jerry.  His fellow Board members elected him unanimously to be Chair of the Board two years ago and in that capacity he served his colleagues on the Board and the organization extremely well. He was a passionate leader.My sincere sympathies to Sherry and Sharon and to all of his other family members, his Clemson colleagues and his many friends. We are grieving collectively.  Like all of you, I will miss him greatly. 


06-02-2009 3:12 PM -- By: Pat Smart,  From: Clemson  

Jerry was one of those people that I would run into on campus and couldn’t help but smile and look forward to walking a few steps with him from one building to another. 

What a gift he was to all of us?  It’s a bit of an understatement to say that he will be missed.  He was a strong presence on campus. The impact he  made on students and faculty will be felt for a long time.  We are so lucky that he chose to become a faculty member at Clemson.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

06-02-2009 2:57 PM -- By: Dan Schmiedt,  From: Clemson  

 I knew that Jerry was one of the good guys just from hearing him talk at Summer Reading facilitators meetings.  Although I regret not knowing him, I am relieved that he has touched so many lives in so many wonderful ways.  Through this, his wonderful spirit will always be with us.

06-02-2009 2:38 PM -- By: Larry Greenberg,  From: Sweden  

Really sorry to hear about this! What a shock! I knew Jerry while a graduate student, largely through one of my fish colleagues, Hal Weeks. He was a great guy. Good sense of humor and a good thinker! My condolences to his family.

Larry Greenberg

06-02-2009 2:32 PM -- By: Aly Sommer,  From: Ohio  

 Jerry was one of the best professors I have had so far at Clemson. I'm not a fan of science, but Jerry made my Biology requirement SO much fun, and I loved going to class just to see what he would think up next. It's hard to believe such a great, vivacious, young man is gone, and his absence will be greatly felt in the years that come, both at Clemson and elsewhere. 

06-02-2009 2:28 PM -- By: Rebecca Kruse,  From: BSCS  

06-02-2009 2:21 PM -- By: TJ Jordan,  From: Clemson University  

I am a graduate student at Clemson and Jerry was one of my committee members. He was much more than just a mentor, he was my friend. Just last semester I took his evolution/creationism class and really enjoyed the environment he created. I personally will miss his humor, insight, and wisdom. He was one of the most charismatic professors I've ever encountered and was just the type of person that was fun to be around. He will be greatly missed.

06-02-2009 2:11 PM -- By: Melissa Bonnette Sanders,  From: Piedmont, SC  

I had Dr. Waldvogel for freshman biology in the fall of 1989.  He was a wonderful and enthusiastic teacher.  Of my 5 years at Clemson (undergrad and grad), he is one of only a handful of teachers that I remember by name and I remember him with great fondness.  My deepest sympathies to his wife and daughter.

06-02-2009 2:08 PM -- By: Kim Hetzler,  From: Clemson  

Dr. Waldvogel was my freshman biology professor at Clemson.  His class was hands down one of the best I've taken at Clemson-- he had us write poetry as if we were a neurotransmitter, go on scavenger hunts across campus, and draw cartoons to explain biology concepts to kindergarteners.  His passing was a huge shock, and I send my condolences to his friends and family.  He will be greatly missed at Clemson.

06-02-2009 1:59 PM -- By: Allison Trefzger,  From: Clemson  

I had Dr. Waldvogel for a class my freshman year.  He was one of the best professors I had my whole college career, and impossible to forget.  My condolences go out to his family and especially his wife and daughter.  He will be missed by the entire Clemson community.

06-02-2009 1:55 PM -- By: Ruth Ebeling,  From: Biola University, CA  

06-02-2009 1:37 PM -- By: George Wolff,  From: Schofield WI  

Estelle and I send our condolences to Sherry and Sarah and Jerry's mother Alice  (Wolff) Waldvogel.

I have known Jerry for probably a longer time than any person sending condolences. Being an uncle to the four Waldvogel boys (Jack, Jim, Jerry and Jeff) we saw them grow up over the past 50-some years and make their way through life. It certainly wasn't a close relationship but one that was watched with interest. We wish them all well.

06-02-2009 1:32 PM -- By: Bev Arp,  From: Clemson University  

My Sincere Condolences

06-02-2009 1:20 PM -- By: Joshua D. Smith,  From: Clemson University / Pickens County Rescue 6  

06-02-2009 12:47 PM -- By: Wallace Dominey,  From: Cornell  

I know that Jerry's passing must be a terrible shock to his family.   It is to me.  Jerry was one of a cohort of NB&B graduate students at Cornell in the mid- to late 70's and knowing him was truly a pleasure.  I lived with a different set of NB&B graduate students down the street (German Cross Rd.) from where he and Nowicki lived, but the whole group of students was close.  Jerry was one of the friendliest and upbeat of the lot of us.  I never saw Jerry do or say anything that wasn't positive,  to anyone.  Whether it was watching him strut his stuff as Dr. Frankenfurter at a party or throwing a mean block in a touch football game (on me!), being around Jerry was always a joy.  I have nothing but good things to say about Jerry and I was lucky to have known him.

It seems like yesterday.

06-02-2009 12:44 PM -- By: Michael Silvestri & Stephanie Barczewski,  From:  

06-02-2009 12:41 PM -- By: Dan Blackburn,  From: TrinityCollege, Hartford  

06-02-2009 12:15 PM -- By: Molly Stuhlsatz,  From: BSCS  

06-02-2009 12:13 PM -- By: Debbie Falta,  From: Clemson  

What a surprize loss of a wonderful soul!  Hugs to his Sarah!

06-02-2009 12:02 PM -- By: Ann Parsons,  From: SCST member  

06-02-2009 11:57 AM -- By: Jim Ries,  From: Queensbury, NY  

06-02-2009 11:50 AM -- By: Judy Tribble,  From: Housing Dept.  

06-02-2009 11:47 AM -- By: Harold Zakon,  From: Austin Texas  

I knew Jerry as a fellow graduate student at Cornell. He was a fun-loving, energetic, larger than life kinda guy. It is hard to believe he has left us so young. I recall many spirited discussions with him. Watching a flock of pigeons synchronously wheeling in the sky as of one mind was never the same for me after talking with Jerry about how they could be managing this feat.

My condolences to Jerry's family whom I have not met. I know you will miss him terribly.

06-02-2009 11:30 AM -- By: Elizabeth Rivlin,  From: Clemson University  

Reading these guest book entries, I'm amazed by what a cross-section of people have written in to talk about the impact that Jerry had on their lives.

I served under Jerry's leadership on a National Scholars interview committee last year. He made me feel immediately comfortable taking on what was a new task for me: as so many people have written, he was encouraging, kind, enthusiastic, witty, and charismatic. I only had the opportunity to spend that day with him, but he made a lasting, happy impression on me.

I am so very sorry for his loss, for Clemson's sake, of course, but even more for his wife and daughter who are facing life without him now. My thoughts are with them.

06-02-2009 11:23 AM -- By: Chris Onken,  From: Greenville  

He challenged me to think in ways i had not before. He pushed me on my own limits so that i could go much further. i only got to experience one class with him but it was well worth my time. i will certainly miss my question time with him.

06-02-2009 11:19 AM -- By: John Luedeman,  From: Seneca  

 I remember Jerry as a long time alternate to the faculty senate and as a great lecturer.  I never took any of his classes but attended several of his lectures at national conventions.  Clemson has lost a great advocate.  I will miss his smiling face.

06-02-2009 11:15 AM -- By: Mike Coggeshall,  From: Clemson  

I first remember Jerry walking through Brackett Hall dressed as Charles Darwin, and I wondered who would have the courage -- boldness -- to teach a class like that?  I thought, "he must be an incredibly dynamic teacher!"  I've since discovered that was indeed true.  Over the years, as I got to know Jerry as a colleague, I discovered just how amazing he was -- whether teaching complex concepts to decades of Clemson biology students, or serving willingly on university committees.  Jerry has always epitomized for me the model of a university professor -- an outstanding teacher and model "university citizen."  I shall truly miss his presence, but I will never forget him.


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