|Professor Emeritus John Donald "Don" Paschke|
|Date Of Birth:||November 6, 1925|
|Date Of Death:||October 13, 2011|
|Service Date:||November 19, 2011|
Professor Emeritus John Donald "Don" Paschke, 85, of
Bloomington, IN, died peacefully at his home on October 13,
2011. Born November 6, 1925 in Upland California to John and
Ernstiene Paschke, he graduated from Ontario High School in 1944.
Don was a WW ll US Navy veteran, serving from 1944-1946, stationed
in Saipan M.I. Following his discharge, he enrolled at
the UC- Berkeley, and received both his B.S. (1950) and Ph.D.
(1958), majoring in Entomology. While he lived the remainder
of his life in the Midwest, he was always proud of his Californian
roots and education.
In 1960, he joined the Entomology faculty at Purdue University
where he spent the next 32 years doing research, teaching, and
administration of international agricultural research projects in
Western Africa, the Congo and the Sahel. His research focused on
the biological and microbial control of pests, and in 1968, he
accepted a position of visiting professor at St. Cross College,
Oxford U.K. He used these experiences a decade later to get Purdue
involved in the new A.I.D. Collaborative Research Support Program
(CRSP). This program links US scientists with developing
countries to help farmers increase incomes and alleviate hunger
without depleting their natural resource base. In 1979, Don led an
initiative to create a unique Integrated Crop Protection CRSP,
creating a culture of appreciation for international activities
that Purdue continues today. He was a skilled collaborator,
bringing balance, logic, and humor to his oversees projects. In
addition to his academic pursuits, he served as a mentor and friend
to many graduate students.
Don loved the outdoors, gardening, boating, and fishing. He was
an avid reader, enjoyed current affairs and politics, and loved Big
Band music and jazz. He especially enjoyed family summers spent on
Lake Cumberland and Lake Michigan. He was an adventurer, and his
love of travel gave him the confidence in 1968 to take the
sabbatical, moving his new wife Susan, and blended family of 5
children to Eynsham England, a small village outside of Oxford - an
incredible experience and cherished memory for all - except for
youngest son Michael, who was born just two months after the
family's return to the states.
Don will be dearly missed by family and friends. He is survived
by his wife of 45 years, Susan (Sovereign), and daughters Liz
Grenat ( husband Bruce Rambo) of Bloomington and Sarah
Martin(husband Nick ) of Carmel, IN; sons Michael Paschke (wife
Virginia) of Indianapolis and David Paschke (wife Angela) of
Lafayette IN; granddaughters Sarah Grenat Cowley (and husband
Travis) and Sophia Paschke; grandsons Stephen Paschke, Joe Grenat,
Michael Paschke, Jonathon Paschke, Ky Burns (wife Anna) , Adam
Pacific , Curtis Pacific, and great-grandson, Kyran
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Ernestine
Reedy, first wife, Alice A. Paschke, and sons, John E. Paschke and
Stephen K. Johnson.
Family and friends of Don are invited to share memories at a
gathering on Saturday, November 19, 2PM in the Terrace Room,
Meadowood Retirement Community 2455 Tamarack Trail, Bloomington IN.
Allen Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Friends can
send condolences to www.allenfuneralhome.org