Robert Wondergem

Robert Wondergem

Johnson City, TN - Robert Wondergem, loving husband, father and grandfather, was welcomed into the arms of his Savior on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Left behind to cherish his memory is his wife of 45 years, Jacquelyn and two sons and daughters-in-law, Eric (Whitney) and Brian (Laura). His grandchildren, Avery and Quinn, wish that they had more time with their grandfather. He is survived by two brothers, Raymond and Randy, of Wisconsin.

Robert was born in Wisconsin on January 17, 1950 to the late Raymond and Margaret Wondergem. Growing up on Lake Michigan he enjoyed the natural surroundings of the Great Lakes as well as the streams of Wisconsin where he first learned how to fish. He was an athlete in high school and enjoyed basketball, running, and tennis his whole life. He graduated from Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, Michigan as well as the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. His postdoctoral research was completed at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, Madison, WI.

In 1978, he became an inaugural faculty member of Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, TN. Here he discovered his passion for research as well as teaching physiology to medical students. He has numerous journal publications to his credit; he presented talks and seminars at colleges and universities throughout the country and Europe; and he had many research collaborations with colleagues at ETSU, throughout the United States and abroad. His research took him to Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Maine for many summers. He spent a year as a Fulbright Research Scholar and Visiting Professor at the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven, BE.

His love of research was equaled by his love for his church. He saw The Divine in many aspects of his life and loved worshiping his Lord and Savior through song. He was an active member of the church and choir at First Presbyterian Church. The beautiful mountains and streams of this area spoke of God's miraculous creation, and Rob loved to hike and fish in southern Appalachia.

.Published in Sheboygan Press on Mar. 28, 2018