George Michael Bodner
March 8, 1946 - March 19, 2021
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Margaret Kimble
Kevin Wee
Provi Marta Mayo
Mark Vinyard
Reeh Tekane
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Dear husband, brother, and friend to many, George Bodner passed away peacefully on Friday March 19th after a long-term illness.  He was born on March 8, 1946 in Rochester, New York to Max and Bessie (Lippman) Bodner.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Buffalo and two PhD degrees from Indiana University in…

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Melanie (Kimble) Thom left a message on April 13, 2021:
I was a Dr. Bodner groupie. It started in the 80s when he was my gen chem professor and he kept me in love with chemistry. It continued when I left Purdue and ended up showing up at an ACS meeting in Ohio to see him. Then when I returned to the Lafayette community, he agreed to be on my graduate committee. He has been an instructor, a mentor, and a friend and I am truly sad to have lost him. God bless those he has left behind. As a I am Shiksa, I am sure he is having debates with God now. I just wish I could have had one more book discussion over a Christo's salad. Good bye my friend.
Margaret Kimble left a message on April 6, 2021:
I will be forever grateful to George for his support in my tenure case at Purdue. He made a special trip to Fort Wayne to attend one of my lectures. I remember the first days he was at Purdue and he visited me in the "Resource Room." Thank you George for your friendship over the years.
Franziska Lang left a message on April 3, 2021:
Dr. Bodner – auf Wiedersehen! This is not to say goodbye, but rather to say hello over and over again in new moments that I will face where your wisdom will be remembered, your love will be felt, and your humor will be lifting my spirits. You grew to be more than an advisor, you are a family member to me, with a special place in my heart forever. Your belief in everyone was greater than the universe. The hours we spend in your office, listening to operas, chatting about research and life will inspire me on and on. You believed in me when it was very difficult and you provided me the room to let my wings grow when I needed it the most and you knew where my next steps would take me, without me realizing it yet. I am also very thankful that Dr. Bodner let me be part of his family and was also sharing his wonderful wife with me and my own family. Thank you, Chris, for your friendship and openness and thank you for being in my life and continue to be part of my life. Dr. Bodner will continue to live through everyone of us in how we think and what we do and he had the patience to help us figure it out. He never wanted to “grow up”, because he wanted to stay young at heart and the “child” to keep playing and discovering the world. Through your eyes, Dr. Bodner, I try to see the world, through your heart I try to feel the world and through your wisdom, I try to live up to the standard you set – ever reaching for the best and the kindest. It is impossible that this text comes even close to how I feel and what I think about you. Thank you Dr. Bodner for letting me be part of your universe and thank you Chris for keeping that universe running!
Kevin Wee left a message on April 2, 2021:
George had a kind heart and the greatest passion for helping those who in need. Thank you, George, for being an awesome mentor to me. I will forever be grateful for the advice and mentorship that you have shown to me in these years.
Provi Marta Mayo left a message on April 2, 2021:
George will be missed by all of us. The world is a bit dimmer without his light shinning. He was instrumental in my life and career. I loved discussing books and new ideas with him, those are hours I will never forget. I send my love to Chris and his family.
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Gene Spafford left a message on April 1, 2021:
I interacted with George over the last few decades, both at Purdue and occasionally outside, as well as online. He always had interesting things to say, and sage advice to offer. My condolences to his family and many friends. He was a star who guided many a voyager, and he will be sorely missed.
Mark Vinyard left a message on April 1, 2021:
Moments ago, I was excited to send George an email to let him know what an impact he had on my career and at the moment, my teaching now after retirement. Over the past week, I was compelled to find and read all his publications that came up in searches. What a rich legacy. It will be invaluable as I teach Physics and Electrical Engineering. Here's to George! With sadness but much joy, I celebrate George's Life and the gifts of insight from my Chemistry Grad School days working in his "Enlightened Monarchy" as one of his graduate instructors (Fall '79 to '83}.
Ed Brush left a message on March 31, 2021:
My sincere condolences to George’s family and friends. George has left his mark on chemistry education, but I will remember how humble he was and easy to chat with. George was eager to keep learning and contributing, and most recently was actively contributing to chemistry education symposia to connect the UN SDGs to chemistry education. George, you will be missed.
Ed Brush left a message on March 31, 2021:
My sincere condolences to George’s family and friends. George has left his mark on chemistry education, but I will remember how humble he was and easy to chat with. George was eager to keep learning and contributing, and most recently was actively contributing to chemistry education symposia to connect the UN SDGs to chemistry education. George, you will be missed.
Ed Brush left a message on March 31, 2021:
My sincere condolences to George’s family and friends. George has left his mark on chemistry education, but I will remember how humble he was and easy to chat with. George was eager to keep learning and contributing, and most recently was actively contributing to chemistry education symposia to connect the UN SDGs to chemistry education. George, you will be missed.
Norbert J Pienta left a message on March 31, 2021:
Our legacy includes George's wit, smile, devotion to humanity on a global and personal level, interests in teaching and learning chemistry, scholarship, and mentoring of anyone fortunate enough to ask and listen. I can't even easily summarize the scope but will fondly remember our discussions and reminiscences, including growing up in Western NY as descendants of eastern Europeans
Melanie M Cooper left a message on March 31, 2021:
George was a mentor, a friend, and a giant in the field. I will never forget his kindness and support to a struggling assistant professor.
Reeh Tekane left a message on March 30, 2021:
Prof Bodner, thank you
Susan Greer left a message on March 30, 2021:
Dr. Bodner touched many lives and always had kindness to share. I always felt he gave me a chance, and I am forever grateful to him, His humor and wit provided many smiles. He will be greatly missed.
Paul Eric Smith left a message on March 30, 2021:
Lighting a candle in Professor Bodner's memory having enjoyed many years working with him on chemistry demonstrations.
Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc. left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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