The entire staff and faculty of Sauk Valley Community College mourn the loss of a true friend to the College, Jerry McNair. He passed away Sunday, April 26, 2009.
While at Sauk, Jerry wore many hats, indeed. In January 1993, he was one of the first tutors hired in Sauk’s Learning Assistance Center (LAC) when it opened. From 1993 through 2007, Jerry tutored countless Sauk students in math, chemistry, biology, English, and taught math classes part-time.
He served as an LAC instructional assistant from 1996 to 2007, adjunct faculty mathematics from 1993 to 2007, and as an LAC tutor in math and science from 1993 to 1996. For his work and dedication, Jerry received the College's 2004 Distinguished Service Award for Part-time Faculty/Administrator.
An avid golfer and Chicago Cubs fan, Jerry earned a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management Science from the University of Colorado and worked in Colorado as a district forester before coming to this area. His love of nature was well known, especially when it came to trees. He was a driving force behind “Treebute,” a local project that helped plant trees in the area in honor of families and friends. Jerry also served on the Dixon Tree Commission.
Jerry tutored literally thousands of students in his years at Sauk. In fact, after he retired in 2007, he returned to the LAC to help tutor students through the fall 2008 semester.
Suffice it to say, every Sauk student that Jerry helped was lucky have him be a part of their education as a tutor or instructor. All of us at Sauk were equally lucky to have Jerry as a colleague and a friend.
May the trees always grow tall and strong in his honor.