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In Memoriam: Dr. Jeff Kovatch

jeffkovatch2Dr. Jeffrey Kovatch, associate professor of biological sciences, died Saturday, Nov. 5.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh (B.S. 1995) and Syracuse University (Ph.D. 2008), he specialized in aquatic ecology and was active as an executive committee member for the Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education and the West Virginia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. He first came to Marshall as a postdoctoral fellow in 2006, and then started his faculty appointment in 2009.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. Paige Muellerleile, also a faculty member at Marshall in the psychology department, and their two daughters.

“Jeff was an accomplished researcher and a teacher, friend, mentor and colleague, and will truly be missed,” said Marshall President Jerome Gilbert in a message to the Marshall faculty and staff. “Words fail at a time like this. Jeff was not only an outstanding faculty member but also a treasured father and husband … The courage, compassion and love Paige has demonstrated through her blog updates has been inspiring. By all accounts, they had a wonderful life together.”

A memorial service will take place this Friday, Nov. 11, at the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse on the Huntington campus. Doors open at 3 p.m. and the service will begin at 4 p.m.