Donald David Gehring
October 9, 1937 – February 11, 2020
Donald David Gehring was born on October 9, 1937 and passed away on February 11, 2020.
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Donald David Gehring
February 17, 2020
"Be still & know that I am God"
Beef stew, wine, German language, pitching tents, gardening, GT Rambling Wreck, tort liability, NAVY, snakes, Ivory soap, how to lay a fire, laughter, Kahlil Gibran, my life support pump, Edelweiss, typing, PhD, asparagus, Theta Chi, education, me sending Marines to beach in El Salvador when missed checking in w/me, baby sea turtles, Atlanta Braves, INFP, nautilus, Mystery Theater, Gram, Moby Dick, Innsbruck, Tarasoff, mom, diverse music, submarines, Appalachian Apple pickers, don't store wine on garage floor if freezing outside!, tailgating, black olives, & Admiral Farragut Academy. daughter Lisa (aka Lolly)
February 15, 2020
Don was the person who had the most substantial positive, guiding and mentoring influence in my life other than that of my wonderful parents, Bud and Jeanne Dickerson.
Don was my favorite professor, colleague and mentor in the crazy, stressful, demanding and rewarding world of student affairs. He was knowledgeable and caring and kind which, as a young female administrator juggling a family of three young children, meant the world to me.
He helped negotiate the distance and resultant tensions between my university of Kentucky dissertation committee members and the two U of L members resulting in a happy resolution, most importantly, for me.
In the classroom, I sometimes compared him to the Charles Shultz cartoon character, Pig Pen from the Charlie Brown cartoons. In the cartoon, Pig Pen would enter a room surrounded in a cloud of dirt and dust encircling him. In Don’s case, of course, the cloud was not dust and dirt, but energy and positive enthusiasm which surrounded him in cloud- like effusion over and around him from over his head to the bottom of his cowboy boots. He, within this cloud would enter the classroom, usually starting with How Ya’ll Doing? And then starting to lecture after checking in with our small group of tired, stressed but deeply committed young administrators who had made it to class after a demanding day of work. He radiated this cloud of enthusiasm and positive energy throughout an often 2-3 hour class and then he and his cloud departed, still surrounding him, after an enjoyable and information packed class session. He taught us, encouraged us and mentored us with that touch of humanity which also understood that we were imperfect beings just doing our best to, like the jugglers we were, keep all of our balls in the air at all times. What a high bar he set for all of us to to meet as mentors, educators and human beings. We can only attempt, as educators, to continue to strive to do so.
February 14, 2020
I met Don when he came to speak at Texas A&M back in 1980. It was through his vision that the greatest professional organization in higher education, ASJA was founded. Due to Don's efforts, the organization has grown and added great value to the profession. While I admired him for his contribution to the profession, it was the personal friendship which developed over the years which became so important to me. Like others, he provided great wisdom and advice as myself and others navigated many storms together. I will miss him very much.
February 13, 2020
I have so many memories of my Uncle Don. He was such wonderful man. I remember his hugs when we would say good-bye and he would squeeze me so tight and say "I love ya Lol". I also remember when I would call his cell phone (and I'm sure he knew it was me calling) but he would say "this is Don Gehring" (in that husky southern accent) and I would say "I know who you are" and we would laugh so hard. I'm gonna miss him so much. My prayers goes out to David and Lisa, and to my Mom (his sister) and Rita.