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Elmer Gaden Jr.

Charlottesville, Virginia

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What a loving, caring and curious man Elmer was! His biography was written with love that he inspired — "Even after his passing, Elmer remains a teacher, having donated his body to science". Elmer leaves much more than a pyramid; he leaves minds that have grown, and values that endure.

I am truly saddened to hear of Elmer's passing. He was one of the last renaissance men, from a generation that contributed so much to the world in which we now live. As my graduate advisor, Elmer always provided keen, focused and simple advice that lit the way to success - for this I will always be thankful. Elmer was full of amusing anecdotes, many times at his own expense. He described his amusement at making port in La Jolla at the end of his Naval service, only to find out later that...

Professor Gaden cared for his students, not for just the class work that he taught, he inspired. I cherish my memories of him.

Elmer Gaden was a wonderful man and my life is better for having known him. His spontaneous joy, generosity and laughter will be missed.

Mr. Gaden was my amazing advisor at UVA. I loved to hear his inspirational stories about the work he had done as well as his comical stories. As a female engineering student, Mr. Gaden never made feel less than or patronized which was impressive given the time and his generation.

My dad was a great father to all his family and to his wife Jenny. He would tell me from time to time, I'm happy to have such a wonderful family. I will miss him telling me about the best education he got form Brooklyn Tech and how he remembers meeting mom at Columbia. Mom, Barbara, Paul,Maggie and I all miss you Pop. You are one of a kind, and I'm glad you were my Dad, I Love You Dad.
David"Davey" Gaden, Charlottesville, VA

I cherish my memories of Mr. Gaden from my years as a UVa chemical engineering student. He is a man I will not, and for that matter could not, ever forget. He is quite possibly the most estimable people I ever met.

Mr. Gaden was truly a wonderful teacher. To this day I recall his classroom lectures liberally sprinkled with historical stories and origins of the concepts we were learning.

I will always remember Mr. Gaden as not only being amazingly bright and insightful but as a truly caring man. From my first day at UVA when he gave me an extensive tour of the lawn to the many times he looked out for my well being during my days as a grad student. He is one of the most memorable persons I have ever met and feel honored to have known him.

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