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Retired UWRF Ag Ed Professor Gerald Matteson Passes
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/11/2018

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is mourning the loss of a legend within its agriculture education program. Longtime professor Dr. Gerald R. Matteson passed away on Tuesday at the age of 82.

Dr. Matteson joined the UWRF faculty in 1966 as an agricultural education professor. He also served for 18 years as the assistant dean in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.

During his career, he was active in working with the school's internship program and as a student adviser. He initiated Alpha Tau Alpha, the student chapter in agriculture education. In FFA, he taught coaching and judging for parliamentary procedure.

'Doc' retired from UWRF in 2000, but returned a year later as a part-time professor and administrative assistant. He retired for the second time in May 2003. Jerry was also a leader of the Wisconsin National Guard, retiring with the rank of major general.

The professor emeritus has earned many awards during his tenure. He was inducted into the Wisconsin FFA Hall of Fame in 2003 and is a past-recipient of the Sigma Alpha Advisor of the Year award.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Bridget Catholic Church in River Falls, though service times and a visitation schedule has not been announced yet.

The O'Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of River Falls is handling funeral arrangements for Jerry Matteson.

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