Gerhard "Jerry" Loewenberg
1928 - 2019
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GERHARD "JERRY" LOEWENBERG Iowa City Gerhard "Jerry" Loewenberg, 91, died peacefully at home on Dec. 28, 2019. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Temple Judah, 3221 Lindsay Lane SE, Cedar Rapids. Rabbi Todd Thalblum will officiate. The family will be at home in observance of shiva at 221 E. College St., from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, Wednesday, Jan. 1, and Thursday, Jan. 2. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Iowa City Hospice or Temple Judah. He was born in Berlin, Germany, Oct. 2, 1928, to Walter and Annemarie (Cassirer) Loewenberg. He, his parents and his sister, Marianne, emigrated to New York in 1936. Jerry graduated from Bronx High School of Science in 1945, and continued his education at Cornell University, where he earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in government. Jerry married Ina Perlstein on Aug. 22, 1950. In 1953, he joined the faculty at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., where he taught in the department of political science until 1969, serving also as acting academic dean of the college in the turbulent year, 1968 to 1969. Jerry moved to the University of Iowa in 1969, where he was a professor of political science until his retirement in 2003. During that period, he also served as chair of the political science department more than once, and was dean of the College of Liberal Arts from 1984 through 1992. Jerry founded the Comparative Legislative Research Center at the university and the professional academic journal, Legislative Studies Quarterly. He was an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. After his retirement, Jerry continued to write and publish as well as to teach courses regularly. He also taught popular classes at the Iowa City Senior Center. Jerry was a longtime member of Temple Judah in Cedar Rapids, including serving on the synagogue board. From his youth he loved classical music and enjoyed concerts at home and away. Anyone who knew him was aware of his relentless optimism. Jerry is survived by his wife of 69 years, Ina; his children, Deborah (Richard Ball) and Michael; brother-in-law, Barry Head; grandchildren, Sarah (Joshua Hakala), Joshua and Jacob Ball and Zoë Loewenberg; and three great-grandchildren. Online condolences may be sent to www.lensingfuneral.com.

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Published in The Gazette on Dec. 30, 2019.
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June 19, 2020
Dear Ina, Jerry was a wonderful mentor and friend, and I have fond memories of our time together. He was always a source of wise counsel, insight, and a ready laugh. He did so much good for the university and beyond.
Bill Cooper
Coworker
February 11, 2020
Jerry Loewenberg was a great generous mentor to both myself and my husband Bob (Leonardi) when he engaged us in a comparative project on the Italian Parliament. I fondly remember him when Bob and I spent the summer of 1977 in Iowa City working on the project and attending to our new born son. He will always be in our heart. Raffaella Nanetti (Leonardi)
January 7, 2020
Jerry Loewenberg was my advisor and mentor during graduate school. I remember him warmly for his encouragement, generosity, enthusiasm and humanity. I learned much from him about being a good colleague, teacher and mentor, and he continues to inspire me to this day.
Brian Kessel
Student
December 29, 2019
In Memory of Jerry Loewenberg
By Michael Chan 12-28-2019

News of your passing put us in moments tender
Your honesty, kindness and love keep us in wonder
Whispering the education of humanity as the core
Your footprints had covered Europe, America and more

The wind will carry your whispers far and wide
Echoes from the land will turn into an endearing cry
Many have come under your guidance
To our community they want to make a difference

Holding the memories you so inspire
Sadness and appreciation will certainly transpire
Your legacy will be a beacon of light
Helping us find our journey with a clear sight

Flowers can decay
Candles can fade
But we have a strong faith
The road to heaven for you had been paved
Michael Chan
December 29, 2019
In Memory of Jerry Loewenberg
By Michael Chan 12-28-2019

News of your passing put us in moments tender
Your honesty, kindness and love keep us in wonder
Whispering the education of humanity as the core
Your footprints had covered Europe, America and more

The wind will carry your whispers far and wide
Echoes from the land will turn into an endearing cry
Many have come under your guidance
To our community they want to make a difference

Holding the memories you so inspire
Sadness and appreciation will certainly transpire
Your legacy will be a beacon of light
Helping us find our journey with a clear sight

Flowers can decay
Candles can fade
But we have a strong faith
The road to heaven for you had been paved
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