Dr Jerry Bruce Eckert

Dr Jerry Bruce Eckert

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Death 27 May 2015 (aged 76)
Colorado, USA
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Memorial ID 148622768 · View Source
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Jerry was an emeritus professor of agricultural economics at Colorado State University which sent him to live more than 20 years on projects in South Asia and southern Africa. As an academic, he wrote nearly 200 articles and professional papers, two of which won Best Published Article awards. His work redirected agricultural and labor policies in Pakistan and Lesotho and contributed to food grain self sufficiency in Pakistan and Gambia. In South Africa his research and writing spurred the White government to accelerate abandoning apartheid by creating a Black middle class. He also wrote the basic treatise which framed much of an interracial dialogue on rights in South Africa leading, ultimately, to a new Bill of Rights in the 1997. Several op-eds in the Christian Science Monitor influenced American policy toward South Africa. He ended his overseas career by writing the first economic strategies for the incoming Mandela government.

Jerry’s early nonfiction celebrated the natural world, especially wildlife, in American and Pakistani outdoor magazines. He wrote a hunting and fishing column in the Fort Collins Coloradoan for two years. Since retiring, his literary nonfiction has appeared in Pilgrimage, Matter, The Superstition Review, Weber: The Contemporary West, Memoir Journal, Ruminate, and elsewhere. “Mahlapane’s Story,” first published in The Superstition Review, won the Northern Colorado Writers 2011 essay competition.

Jerry’s last work was a memoir volume of collected stories from his years working abroad. Titled “Weeping Kings and Wild Boars,” it is filled with remarkable people, powerful moments of challenge and change, unspeakable loss, stultifying bureaucracy, and a few unsolved mysteries. Jerry humbly called the people he worked with on various projects his “Constellation of comets, each with beauty and meaning for a moment in history, until our separate trajectories flung us apart again.” He lived in Fort Collins and Arizona, hiking the central Rockies in the summer and the southern Rockies in winter.


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  • Created by: Allen Monasmith
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  • Find a Grave Memorial 148622768
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