On Saturday, Columbia, the state, the country and the world lost a valuable asset named Dr. Jerry Wade.
He will be missed by all of the persons, groups, organizations, communities, states and countries he affected with his creative organizational skills, courage and integrity.
Jerry will be missed by all of us who were fortunate enough to work, argue, plan, laugh and be disappointed with him. He knew how to pick himself up from failure, as well as to share credit for victories and accomplishments with others.
He was a kindhearted human being who loved his wife and family, the world and all of its inhabitants. He was a humble, trustworthy man. As a result, we all loved him.
I will never forget seeing him dressed as Santa at one of Almeta Clayton’s Everyone Eats Thanksgiving meals. He performed well in any role.
It makes no difference how we experienced Jerry as a council member, university colleague, participant in one of the many organizations he developed or as a friend. We are all better for the time he spent among us.
William E. "Gene" Robertson is a Columbia resident and a professor emeritus at MU.