Gene D. Schaumberg, professor emeritus of chemistry, erstwhile Chemistry Department chair, and former chair of the Division of Natural Sciences, passed away on January 19, 2011. Longtime friend and former SSU colleague, Gerald Haslam, shares his fond memories of Gene...
"Gene was not only the brightest guy I ever met at SSU, and a most popular teacher, but was also a fine athlete -- college football player, leading scorer on the faculty's (championship) intramural basketball team, and a fine runner who completed marathons in the 2:40 range. He was on the faculty when I arrived in 1967, so he was likely part of the first group on the "new" campus."
"He retired a few years ago, moved to Vancouver, Washington with his wife and daughter, and soon became bored, so has been teaching chemistry at Washington State University-Vancouver. Since he earned his Ph.D. at WSU-Pullman, it was a homecoming of sorts for him. His B.S. was from Pacific Lutheran College."
"He was preceded in death by a daughter, Angela Schaumberg - an occurrence that nearly broke him - and is survived by his widow, Terrie deFiesta Schaumberg; his daughter Tara, who is a student at the University of Washington; his sons Nathan and Jason, both out of college and established; and five grandchildren, Ethan, Owen, Val, Sophie and Francesca Schaumberg."
"He is also survived by a gang of us who loved him like a brother. He was one of those guys that many of us considered to be our best friend."
- Gerry Haslam, Professor Emeritus of English
A celebration of Schaumberg's life will be held Saturday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, 1101 NE 112th Avenue in Vancouver, Washington.
Click here to read an obituary by Cathy Bussewitz of the Press Democrat.