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Gerald Merrill "Jerry" Korte

1929 - 2014 Notice Condolences
Gerald Merrill "Jerry" Korte Notice
Sept. 14, 1929 March 31, 2014

Gerald Korte passed away at home March 31. He was born in Spokane, Washington and grew up in Greenacres, a small community east of Spokane. He received his B.A. degree and a Master of Arts in the Teaching of History from Washington State University. There he met Ruth, his wife. They enjoyed a happy and fulfilling life together for 58 years. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; son, Ron and daughter, Cheryl.

The family moved to Vallejo in 1963, where Jerry began his 30 year tenure as a teacher of history at Solano Community College. He served as Chairman of the Social Science Division for 17 years, while also teaching. He always felt very fortunate to be able to share his knowledge and passion for history with thousands of students. He was instrumental in developing courses, including surveys of Western Civilization and Asian History, and courses in the Humanities. In 1988 he was recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award for outstanding contributions to Solano Community College.

Jerry always wanted to go places. Most memorable was a year in Melbourne, Australia as a Fulbright exchange teacher, 1957-58. In 1973 the family did the "Grand Tour" of Europe over a period of six months. There were many trips to Europe. He also participated in a six week program to China.

He retired from the college in 1993. In order to continue his promotion of history, he formed the "History Club", which has been enjoyed by members over a period of 16 years and is continuing under new stewardship. He inspired many as a tour guide for the Mare Island Historical Preservation Foundation.

Contributions may be made in his memory to the Solano Community College Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 2208, Fairfield, CA 94533. A celebration of his life will take place on April 19, at 2 p.m., at the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, 1625 Salvador Ave., Napa, CA.
Published in TimesHeraldOnline from Apr. 3 to Apr. 5, 2014
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