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Paul Jedamus, 90, of Boulder, died Nov.20, 2013, after a long illness. He was born Feb. 1, 1923 in Wausau, Wisconsin to Paul Ernst and Erna Manecke Jedamus. Paul met Mary Lu Miller at Pres House at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. They were married on Sept. 9, 1952, and served as Resident Advisors at Pres House. Paul earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, a Masters in Business Education and a Ph.D. in Business and Education from the University of Wisconsin. While an undergraduate, Paul spent two summers working as a wrangler at the YMCA Camp in Estes Park. He fell in love with Colorado, and accepted a position as a professor at the University of Colorado in 1953. He taught Business Statistics and Management Science at CU from 1953 to 1983. He also served as the Director of Institutional Research for the University from 1964 to 1968, and received the Outstanding Service Award from the Association for Institutional Research. He was the principal author of two statistics textbooks and a book on institutional research, and was the Editor-in-Chief of the journal New Directions for Institutional Research. Paul was deeply committed to the Presbyterian Church. He served as an elder in two congregations: the University Presbyterian Church in Madison and the Church of the Apostles in Boulder. A keen long-distance runner and fitness enthusiast, Paul ran many marathons, including the Boston Marathon, was certified as a personal trainer by the American Council on Exercise and as a strength trainer by the national YMCA. He taught classes for 12 years as part of the "Fit After Fifty" program at the Boulder YMCA, served on the Y's board of directors from 2002 to 2010, and was inducted into the YMCA Hall of Fame. A member of the Rotary Club for many years, Paul served on the board of directors of the Boulder Valley club, led a Rotary Study Exchange team to Argentina, and received the Rotary's "Quiet Hero" Award in 2001. He also travelled with a group of Rotarians to Teotecacinte, Nicaragua to install a potable water system. Paul's connection with Teotecacinte began many years earlier. He and Mary Lu financed the education of Kenia Sanchez, a resident of Teote, from high school through medical school. He was also a leading member of the Boulder-Jalapa Friendship City Exchange. Paul is survived by his wife, Mary Lu; daughters Julith Jedamus (Stryker McGuire), Laurel Jedamus (Todd Ferwerda), Carrie (Allan) Heltzel and Lissa Jedamus (David Denu); honorary daughter Kenia Sanchez; grandchildren Jacob Jedamus-Denu, Rhett and Alex Denu, Emmet and William Ferwerda, and Will McGuire; sister Marie Pledger, and nephews Douglas and Duncan Pledger. Crist Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Boulder-Jalapa Friendship City Projects, http://www.boulderjalapa.org/index.html.

Published in The Daily Camera on Nov. 26, 2013
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