Winona resident Jerry Witt, former longtime local educator, died on Saturday, September 28, 2013, at Lake Winona Manor. He was 78.
Jerry R. Witt was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on January 3, 1935. He was raised in Marshfield, Wis., and graduated from Marshfield High School as valedictorian in 1953. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
He taught chemistry for 37 years at WSU, mostly inorganic and physical chemistry. Jerry also worked at 3M, Battelle Memorial Institute, the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
He was a 52-year member of the American Chemical Society and a longtime member of Wordos, a club in Minneapolis, of mostly retired newspaper editors.
Jerry loved automobiles, chemistry, the English language and Elderhostels; he hated superstition.
He also loved his students. Many did well, among them: Soo-Young Yang, CEO of Histogenetics in N.Y.; Mary Jones, an MD at the Mayo Clinic; Navzer Sachinvalla, once ACS Chairman for the state of Louisiana, Jodi Hugenvic, Professor at Southern Illinois University; Jim Nadeau; Mike Baker; David Hassett; and Stuart Levin.
Jerry’s lifelong love was Jean Ebbe, now an artist in San Francisco.
He is survived by his brother, Ron, and two nephews, Ryan Witt and Jason Witt.
He is remembered by two scholarships in his name: a chemistry scholarship at WSU and the Jerry R. Witt Scholarship in the Natural Sciences at Marshfield High School.
At Jerry’s request, there will be no services.
Martin-Myhre Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.