Kenneth M. Gaver

July 14, 1940June 16, 2011

Kenneth Merlyn Gaver passed away Thursday, June 16, 2011.

Born in Columbus, Ohio on July 14, 1940 he was the son of the late Kenneth Merlyn Gaver Sr and Dorothy Eleanor Cushman. Ken grew up in Aiken, SC, and graduated from Aiken High School in 1958. After high school, Ken attended Georgia Tech for 2 years. He joined the army in 1962, attained the rank of Sergeant, and served in Germany in the signal corps and was honorably discharged from the army in 1965. After leaving the army, Ken moved to Montreal, Quebec, and attended Sir George Williams University (now called Concordia University) where he graduated in 1969 with a degree in mathematical economics. He then moved to Pittsburg, PA to attend graduate school at Carnegie Mellon University and received his Ph.D. in economics from Carnegie in 1974. From 1972 to 1978, Ken taught econometrics at the University of Rochester and from 1978 to 1981, he taught statistics at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. It was there that he met his wife, the former Jennifer Jane Runkle. Ken and Jenny were married on May 30, 1981, and moved to Bozeman, Montana, where they both taught in the business school at Montana State University. From 1983 to 1984, Ken taught statistics at the University of Arizona while Jenny pursued her Ph.D. in accounting. They returned to Montana State in 1984. In 1987, the couple moved to Eugene, Oregon where they were both on the faculty of the business school at the University of Oregon. A son, John Kenneth Gaver, was born in Eugene in 1990 and the same year the couple moved to Athens, GA to join the faculty of the Terry College of the University of Georgia where both taught in the J.M. Tull School of Accounting. A daughter, Anne Catherine Gaver, was born in 1993. Ken retired from UGA in 2005, after receiving many teaching awards, and Lothar Tresp Honratus status.

Dr. Gaver is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jennifer Gaver; son, John Kenneth Gaver; daughter, Anne Catherine Gaver all of Athens; sisters, Marge Wilson and husband, Charlie of Nashville, TN, Rev. Cheryl Gaver of Toronto, Canada and mother and father-in-law, Jane and Jack Runkle of Wilmington, DE, and a number of nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 10AM Sunday, June 19th at Evergreen Memorial Park with Rev. Cheryl Gaver officiating. The family will receive friends from 5-7PM Saturday, June 18th at Bernstein.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Hospice, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, GA 30604 or to Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library, 2035 Baxter St, Athens, GA 30606.

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Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


  • Graveside Service Sunday, June 19, 2011
  • Visitation Saturday, June 18, 2011

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David Henderson

October 10, 2017

Ken was a very generous man. He was my colleague at the University of Rochester in the late 1970s and he sold me his beautiful house for a very reasonable price. He also took me water skiing in Lake Ontario, and was simply a nice person to be around.

Slava Moskalev

July 30, 2011

Ken was a great man, a person of rare integrity and honor. I will never forget the kindness and support he gave me during my time in the Terry College PhD program. He will be greatly missed. May his soul rest in peace.

Ray & April King

July 20, 2011

Dear Jenny,
April and I just learned of your great loss and we are so sorry. I think often of Ken and you and your time at Oregon. I remember your giving my son, Scott, a job working on your house and how impressed he was with Ken's ability to do most anything.

Z.Z. and Shuqin Zhang

July 15, 2011

Jenny, John and Annie,
My wife and I were shocked and deeply saddened when Frank learned and told us yesterday that Ken had passed away. Words can not express our heart felt loss on Ken's passing. We will always remember Ken's kindness, generosity, and deep concern for others. Please accept our sincere condolence on your loss.

David Bergman

July 7, 2011

My condolences on Dr. Gaver's passing. I was lucky enough to be in his Financial Statement Analysis class in Fall 2008. He was both an excellent teacher and a wonderful person.

David Bergman- MACC 1999

June 29, 2011

Dear Jenny,
Ken was truely a renaissance man. His interests were far reaching and his intellect unsurpassed. Add to that a terrific cook as eveidenced by the fact that he made a delicious blueberry pie in Ocean City with NO cooking utensils! I truely liked and admired Ken and I'm so sorry for your loss.
Aunt Jo

Anne Runkle

June 24, 2011

My dear Jenny,words cannot express how sad I am for your loss. My heart and prayers go out to you,John and Anne.
I have tried to get in touch with you for days-called your mom's phone for info several times and found you had unlisted no. at home. Ken was great and know all of you are indeed proud of him. Much love to all. Aunt Anne

Aamer Sheikh

June 23, 2011

Jenny, John, and Annie:
Please accept my sincerest and heartfelt condolences on your loss. I have been struggling to find the right words to express the grief that I feel. Ken was an extraordinary individual, who, as the chair of my dissertation committee, set a wonderful example for me to emulate. I feel enormously blessed to have worked under his supervision. The world seems a little less bright and a little less hospitable in his absence.

Anita & Barney Brannen

June 23, 2011

Dear Jenny and family. Anita and I were deeply shocked by the sudden demise of Ken whom we had the opportunity to speak with every day as we walked our dog. Ken is already sorely missed by our community and will always be remembered for his kindness and helpfulness to all his neighbors. Our hearts and prayers are with you and the family as you go through these sad and difficult days of coping without Ken by your sides.

Jeffrey Davis

June 22, 2011

Jenny - Ken Gaver may have been the most important professor I hade either at Vanderbilt or Duke. You may remember the trio of Jon Intrater, Art Stetson and me at your wedding party in Delaware - we were big fans of Ken as a person as well. Please accept my deepest condolences. I am thrilled to know you two had many happy years together.