In Memory of Gerald Meyer Erickson, Professor Emeritus

Gerald Erickson

Gerald Meyer Erickson Professor Emeritus

Born September 23, 1927 in Amery, WI to Oscar and Ellen Erickson. Died peacefully on April 29, 2021 surrounded by his three daughters. Longtime resident at The Kenwood in Minneapolis.

Jerry graduated from Amery High School and joined the Merchant Marines in 1945. He married Loretta Eder in 1951 and they had three daughters. He served in the US Army and then attended the University of MN. Recalled in 1951 during the Korean War, he was a First Lieutenant in the US Air Force. He continued his education at the U of MN, ultimately receiving his PhD in Philosophy. He was a high school teacher in Edina, MN for eleven years teaching Latin, Greek, Russian, and Italian. In 1967, he became a Classics professor at the U of MN. He held that position for many decades. His love of languages and learning was evident throughout his life. He could read a multitude of languages. He spent Sabbatical leaves teaching in Moscow, Athens and Rome. He was awarded the Horace T. Morse-Amoco Distinguished Teaching Award and was listed in Who's Who in America.


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