I recently learned about the death of my freshman year high school math teacher, James Gerhold, of cancer.
My two years at Clay High School in South Bend, Indiana seem like a lifetime ago. I remember that I really liked Mr. Gerhold, that he was an excellent teacher and a decent man and I learned a lot from him. I'm very sorry to hear of his death. My deepest condolences go out to his family and friends. Reading his guest book, it's plain to see he touched many lives as all great teachers do.
James H. Gerhold, 61, of South Bend, IN passed away at 12:40PM Monday, January 21, 2008 in his home. Jim taught math for the South Bend Community School Corporation at Clay High School for 33 years and retired in 2002. He also taught at Raffi Naftali Riff Yeshiva. Jim was born on November 5, 1946 in South Bend, IN to Robert H. and Dorothy L. (Enfield) Gerhold. On May 31, 1969 in South Bend, IN he married Suzanne (Carroll) Gerhold, who survives.
Along with his wife, Suzanne Gerhold; his mother, Dorothy Gerhold; and his sister, Janice S. Gerhold both of Mishawaka, survive.
Jim was a 1965 graduate of South Bend Central High School and graduated from De Pauw University in 1969 where he was a member of Sigma Nu. He earned his master's degree in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame. He was a member of the Activities Board at Southfield Village and a member of TCU Advisory Board. In his later years, he joined the South Bend Bridge Club, which he really enjoyed. Jim played varsity basketball for South Bend Central and DePauw University under two legendary coaches, Jim Powers and Elmer McCall. He was an accomplished woodworker and left behind many beautiful pieces for friends and family to enjoy. Jim also loved traveling, but he was equally content to sit at home and read a good mystery.
Memorial services will be held at 7:00PM Thursday, January 24, 2008 at Palmer Funeral Home-River Park, 2528 Mishawaka Avenue. The family will receive friends from 3:00PM until time of services in the funeral home on Thursday.
Contributions in memory of James H. Gerhold may be made to Multiple Myeloma Research Fund; Miles for Myeloma, IU Simon Cancer Center, P.O. Box 660245, Indianapolis, IN 46266-0245