George W. Folkerts

Opelika, Alabama

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Dr. Folkerts is one of the most knowledgeable professors I have ever known. His passion and enthusiasm for nature will never be forgotten. Thank you Dr. Folkerts for sharing your passion and knowledge with me at Auburn. Because of you, I am a better high school Biology teacher. I think of you every time I teach evolution, natural selection, and speciation. You are greatly missed by the lives you have touched. Thank you for all you have done for science and for all the knowledge you have...

What better can be said of a man than: He was my Friend!

I just heard that George had pasted away. He has a great man and actually thanks to his wisdom saved my life. He will be greatly missed.

I didn't really know Dr. Folkerts personally, but his daughter Molly is one of my best friends. It hurt me so much to know how much his last daughter was hurting. I love the Folkerts family.

I was very lucky to have the chance to have Dr. Folkerts as a professor last semester. He was so interesting and funny, simply amazing at his profession.

Dr. Folkerts was the most likable and intelligent professor I have ever met. He seemed to truly enjoy every aspect of teaching and cared for his students. I had him several years ago for evolution and I still pass along some of his interesting and funny stories he shared in lectures. In my opinion he was one of Auburn's most known and likable professors. He was the kind of professor who made learing fun and interactive. I will never forget taking a test in the morning and then having a...

Although I only knew George through Debbie and was never one of his students, I was aware of the incredibly positive influence he had my on fellow students in the Biology department at Auburn. I know he sparked a love for the natural world in many of his students and I regret never going on one of his famous Wetland Biology field trips. Auburn University has lost an invaluable asset and an irreplaceable teacher. I was deeply saddened to hear about his passing and my thoughts and feelings go...

One morning a student of mine brought in a salamander I couldn't readily identify. I called George and described it to him. He said "I'll be there shortly." To my surprise he knocked on my classroom door exactly 90mins. later. I showed him the exotic species. He was disturbed but interested. My point is, no one but George would have immediately dropped what they were doing and drive 45 miles to see a salamander. This kind of passion is what George was all about. I will truly miss...

I was saddend to hear of the passing of George. Dr. Folkerts clearly left a positive footprint upon the earth. He will be missed.


George's Obituary

George Folkerts passed away in Opelika, Alabama. The obituary was featured in The Opelika-Auburn News on December 16, 2007.