This space pays tribute to the people who helped shape Grand Valley
Robert Daniels, retired assistant controller
Human Resources learned recently that Robert Daniels, retired assistant controller, died on February 15, 2021.
Daniels, who was 84, retired from Grand Valley in 1997 as assistant controller in the Accounting Office. He had served the university for 30 years.
Cheri Gerhart, AWRI instructor
Cheri Gerhart, an instructor on the W.G. Jackson, a water studies research vessel with the Annis Water Resources Institute in Muskegon, died on September 30, 2021.
Gerhart taught natural sciences at schools in Rockford, Illinois, and Flint as well as Muskegon Catholic Central, Orchard View High School and Muskegon High School.
After retiring from teaching, she joined the AWRI Education and Outreach part-time staff, which is responsible for conducting educational programs, including seasonal programs aboard the research vessels as well as special events.
Steve Engel, affiliate statistics instructor
Steve Engel, an affiliate statistics instructor, died on September 24, 2021. He was 56.
Engel's career, which took him across the globe, started in packaging. He eventually decided to follow his passion and study statistics, which led to his position with Grand Valley.
He was devoted to his students and was always striving to improve so they had the best experience, according to his obituary. "He wanted to make statistics less daunting and more enjoyable."
This article was last edited on October 26, 2021 at 12:11 p.m.