Colleagues, students and alumni mourned the sudden passing of math professor Don Krekel this past March.
Krekel graduated from Burlington Junior College in 1964 and afterward earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Iowa. He began teaching math at SCC in 1974 and liked it so much that never left.
He is remembered for his kind demeanor and for always making himself available to students in need. He attended every commencement ceremony to celebrate their accomplishments.
His presence was felt at the 2018 ceremony as a mortar board and gown were placed in his traditional seat.
His daughters Elizabeth and Andrea created a memorial with the Southeastern Community College Foundation for the Advanced Math or Science Scholarship that he established in 2018.