Gerhard Tauscher '57 Passes
DELAND, FLA.-Gerhard "Jerry" Volker Tauscher of Deland, Fla., passed away on Aug. 15, 2013. He was born on Nov. 5, 1939 to Rudolf and Marlene Tauscher who were German Lutheran missionaries in Jeiypore, India.
Gerhard at 17 traveled alone to America, where his first experience was to be pick-pocketed. He lived in St. Louis at the YMCA and worked at a hospital as a food server until completing high school. He worked his way through Berea College in Kentucky as a waiter, and graduated with a degree in history in 1962. He then joined the faculty at Brevard College teaching German and physical education. In 1970 he attended graduate school at Springfield College, Massachusetts, where he secured a master's degree in recreation administration.
In 1974 to 1983 he served as the first director to plan and develop the 170 acres known as Jackson Park. For the Henderson County Recreation Department, Gerhard was responsible for overseeing the development of Jackson Park and coordinated many county-wide recreation services and programs. He moved to Orlando, Fla., in 1985 and taught English and served as varsity soccer coach from 1985-1988 at Trinity Prep. School. His love of soccer and teaching history led him to teach and coach at Lake Howell High School Winter Park, Fla. from 1988-2000.
Mr. Tauscher retired and moved to Deland, Fla., where he lived his final years enjoying writing, photography, taking care of his pets and wildlife. He never turned a hungry animal away and made friends with abandoned cats, dogs and fed the wildlife abundant on his three acres of land on a peninsula on Blue Lake. His kindness and gifts to everyone and all creatures were a testament to his spiritual love for them and were reflected in his life and the many poems he wrote about Gods love. He will be missed by many, but will be loved forever by all that he touched during his most inspirational life.