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Mark Harold Winkel

June 29, 1951July 7, 2018

Mark Harold Winkel was born on June 29, 1951 and passed away on July 7, 2018

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Mark Harold Winkel

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Vanessa Martinez-Soto

September 4, 2018

Dr. Winkel, I will always remember how funny you were. You made this class content bearable and funny. I am so sorry to hear you passed away so soon after retirement. You will always live on in our hearts forever. Thank you for all your hardwork and dedication to the students from the Rio Grande Valley. You made a difference for us in lives. May you RIP.

Arnold Amador

July 13, 2018

My deepest and most sincerest condolences to Dr. Winkel's family and closest friends. He was such a great man that touched so many lives and inspired us with his courage and resolve to live life to the fullest. His legacy lives on in the lives of those who were fortunate enough know him!

JAMES FANNING

July 12, 2018

Deepest sympathies to Lena and Taylor Mark and I were just talking last week on my driveway for almost an hour. He was excited to be going to California to visit Taylor. He really loved you guys. I'm going to miss you a lot Mark. My best friend Jim and Yvette Fanning

Nancy Razo

July 12, 2018

I am so sorry to hear about Mark’s passing! We were getting adjusted with not having him at UTRGV since he retired, but are very saddened with this news. He was a great professor to our School Psychology students who learned a great deal in his course! As a new graduate program coordinator, I could always count on Mark for words of wisdom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time!

Lorraine and Manuel Perez

July 12, 2018

Our deepest sympathy to Taylor and Lena. We will remember him in the cart around Plazas del Lago with Taylor in earlier days in our neighborhood. Our prayers are with you.

The Perez Family
3512 Your Neighbor

Eric Escamilla

July 11, 2018

Dr. Winkel was a very entertaining professor and I was always impressed with his high energy, humor, and laugh. One of many fond memories was a conversation I over heard between him and a colleague of his in the hallway at campus.

Colleague: "I got class right now Mark, I got to go."

Mark : "Me to, I always got class."

Colleague: "Oh, really?"

Mark: "Hey, what can I say, I'm a classy guy."

Joanne Rampersad

July 11, 2018

I am deeply saddened by Mark’s passing.
For years, he looked out after so many of us at UTPA and UTRGV in giving moral support, practical advice on how to adapt to the academy and what to do in difficult work situations. His dedication to students and to training the next generation of professionals was nothing short of heroic.
On a personal note, Mark was one of the kindest, gentlest souls that I ever had the good fortune of meeting.
I will miss hearing his deep booming laugh, his wry humor and nuggets of wisdom.
He made the world a better place.
My condolences to his loved ones.
Jo

Grant Benham

July 10, 2018

Mark was someone with whom you could just sit and shoot the breeze. Whether it was a gripe session about work, updates about family, or larger discussions about life, he was the one person on campus whose office I'd regularly visit, just to chat. Or he'd drop by my office, plop himself down in a chair, and we'd start the conversation without any formality or hesitation. He struck me as a gentle giant: he'd get worked up about things, but was generous of spirit - he recognized the humorous absurdity of most situations. Above all else, he was genuine - there was never a sense of pretense. Our kids grew up knowing Mark fondly as "the pizza guy" - and looked forward to his arrival at poker games. He always showed up with an armful of pizzas and knew how to turn a slow game into a fun evening. I was always impressed by his somewhat hidden talents: building that giant pipe organ in his living room and being part of a band. In his understated manner, Mark's has had an important impact on my life over the past 16 years and will be dearly missed.

Antonio Zamorález

July 10, 2018

I am one of thousands of students who had the privilege to listen to Dr. Winkel’s lectures. He was my thesis advisor and he was the closest thing I had to a mentor. He was a great story teller and a brilliant man. My condolences to his family and closest colleagues.

Te Norman

July 10, 2018

Lena, your shock and grief must be enormous at Mark's sudden loss. He was greatly admired by Ken Buckman and I as a teacher, a colleague, a TFA comrade and a friend. We can't be in California right now, but please let us know through Jim and Wendy if there will be a service in the Valley for him as well.

In our thoughts.