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Charles J. "Jerry" Flora 1928 - 2013

Charles J. "Jerry" Flora

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June 20, 2014
Thank you Sir Jerry Flora for being one of our teacher at Saint Joseph, Tabwiroa (Kiribati) your presence with us means a lot to us (form 5 science). God bless you
May 23, 2014
I am incredibly thankful to have met Dr Flora as a Fairhaven student. Fieldtrip studies with him were inspiring and led to helping me shape a career in environmental education.
I loved that he did not rattle off all the names of species, but rather helped us learn the process of identifying species.
My love for and understanding of our beautiful PNW environments are gifts from having known such a spirited and inspiring teacher. I will continue to support the Environmental Ed goals of helping people connect to the land where they live.
My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
May 20, 2014
I spent several years with Jerry as a youthful administrator during his time as president. We traveled together throughout the state, carrying a message about the importance of the higher learning. He taught me much then by demanding that I expand my vision of the university and what it could achieve. I do not have words to express my admiration for him as a mentor and a person. I regret that I will not be able to attend the Jero celebration. There will be many great stories to share.
April 20, 2014
Dr. Flora was my faculty advisor when I entered Western as a Freshman in 1958. What a wonderful experience having him as a teacher. He inspired me in my subsequent career teaching Biology students in secondary schools. After doing graduate work in, and practicing as a Psychologist then Counsellor, before retiring I returned to my love of teaching Biology and served as the Science Dept. Head at a large school on Vancouver Island (B.C.) Never forgetting his enthusiasm, I tried to model myself after him as an instructor.
My condolences to his family, whom I met many, many years ago at their home in Bellingham.
April 01, 2014
Maybe Jerry never knew that because of his 9 week Pacific Reefs course in the mid-1990's I pursued a career in marine biology and have become a professor studying coral reefs at the University of the Virgin Islands. I wrote by email about 8 years ago, with no response and someone told me they thought he had passed a few years ago, so I never tried to reconnect : ( I wish I had been more persistent! Thanks Jerry! R.I.P.
January 22, 2014
Farewell to a great neighbor and friend, and to a great leader.
January 22, 2014
Rosemary and family,
Gail and I were sorry to hear of Jerry's death. We remember the kindness you both showed to us when we arrived on Abaiang and discovered that we had no living quarters. We were strangers and you took us in.
Gail also recalls with great joy the day Jerry introduced her to snorkeling. It was a unique experience for her.
Jerry and I disagreed on a few minor matters but one day I said, "Jerry, I don't always agree with you, but I always respect you".
To paraphrase the poet Longfellow, "Great people leave footprints on the sands of time", and Jerry has left many of his on the sands of the Pacific atolls.
Jerry, may you walk in green pastures.
Sincerely,
Gail and Clarence McKibbon,
New Brunswick, Canada.
January 21, 2014
One of my cherished memories was a Yoga trip to Costa Rica with Lise Flora Waugh. A big part of the trip was spending time with Dr. Flora and his lovely wife and their sharing stories of their trips to so many other exotic lands. I am so grateful to have had that experience. Dr. Flora was an extraordinary man who enriched my life and I thank him for it. Namaste.
January 21, 2014
I loved Tide Pool Critters as a child! One of my favorite memories of Dr. Flora was being with his son Chris one day. We were heading out to do something and Chris said he needed to get some money first. We parked at WWU just as Dr. Flora (complete in graduation regalia) was leading a long line of graduates in a march across the campus. Chris unabashedly walked up to his dad and asked for money. Dr. Flora, not missing a beat, pulled up his robe, fished out his wallet and handed Chris some money, all in even stride.
January 13, 2014
Jerry Flora was the best and kind man rest in peace Jerry and may God Bless your soul we mis you so much old student from Tabwiroa Saint Joseph's College.....your names was all over the news on radio christmas for about 3 days now

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With his friend Penelope aka "White Dog" There was a man who liked to smoke cigar and sing to himself while floating in tropical waters.  ing.
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