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Dr. Joachim (Jock) Elterich, Ph.D.

Newark - Dr. Joachim (Jock) Elterich, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, passed away on June 27, 2018 at 5:25 PM at the Brackenville Center in Hockessin, Delaware. He was 88 years old. He passed with dignity and peace and was surrounded by his family. Jock lived a full life filled with family, travel, adventure and an intellectual curiosity.

Dr. Elterich spent the majority of his career as a professor teaching at the University of Delaware. He was a Fulbright research scholar at the University of Bonn (Germany) where he obtained his undergraduate degree and went on to obtain his masters degree at the University of Kentucky and his Ph.D. at Michigan State University. He held Professorships at the University of Kiel (Germany) and Slovak University (Slovakia). He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from The Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (Slovakia) for the work he did there for several years. Jock played a significant role in the origination of the Operations Research (OR) Department at the University of Delaware and was the chairman of the OR Department for several years. Jock had such gratitude for both his Fulbright and Rotary scholarships which allowed him to study in the United States, that he created a Fellowship for foreign graduate students to study Operations Research and Agricultural Economics in the United States (The Dr G. Joachim Elterich Fund for Foreign Graduate Assistantships) at the University of Delaware.

Jock was an avid mountaineer and enjoyed travelling to all corners of the earth. He and his family spent many vacations hiking and climbing the mountains in the Rockies and the Alps. Jock loved the National Parks and took his family touring, camping, and hiking through most of the National Parks. Jock led many adventures with his family across the United States in our 1969 VW Bus which we affectionately called "The Blue Ox." His thirst for adventure caused him to drive our VW van up harrowing mountain passes which regularly kept us on the edge of our seats! His German roots brought him and our family frequently back to Europe for family vacations and adventures. One of Jock's many legacies is that his love of travel and adventure has been embraced by his children and grandchildren.

In his retirement he kept busy as the treasurer for the Iron Hill Museum and as the Vice President of UDARF (University of Delaware Association of Retired Faculty).

Jock is survived by his wife Martha (married 57 years) and their children; Stefan (wife Allison), Karin Elterich, and Jeffrey (wife Kris) and their grandchildren: Celestine, Andreas, Ethan, Arden and Asa.

As his final contribution, Dr. Elterich donated his body to science to support advancements in scientific research and medical education.

A memorial service will be scheduled in his honor (TBD).
Published in The News Journal from July 1 to July 2, 2018
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