Dr. Gerald “Jerry” Gamache, former Associate Professor of Psychology at Flagler, passed away in May at a hospital in Jacksonville.
He was an esteemed member of the faculty, a highly respected teacher and a beloved member of the St. Augustine community.
Gamache joined the Flagler College faculty as a Visiting Instructor in the spring of 1992. He was hired as a full-time member of the faculty in 1996 at the rank of Assistant Professor and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2001.
He took an active role in the College’s academic community and participated on committees concerned with academic advising, student affairs, strategic planning and faculty development.
While devoted to his students at Flagler, he also involved himself in international issues. A recognized authority on the effects of radiation, he was selected as head of the U.S. Government’s Defense Nuclear Agency Team, charged with studying the effects of the nuclear reactor explosion in Chernobyl. He made frequent trips to the area, at considerable personal risk to his own health. His research was later adapted for use with Russian cosmonauts, who are exposed to a ring of radiation in space travel. He also traveled to Cuba to assess services for the handicapped in that country and visited Sri Lanka following the tsunami.
Gamache has been honored as a Distinguished Alumnus by Old Dominion University was presented with an honorary degree from the National Technology University of Ukraine.
He and his wife, Dr. Mili Koger, supported the college with annual gifts and capital gifts, including a generous financial commitment to name the Gamache-Koger Theater Classroom in the Ringhaver Student Center.