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Jerry Roger Bayless

October 23, 1937 July 2, 2019
Jerry Roger Bayless
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Jerry R. Bayless, former associate dean of engineering at Missouri Science and Technology, died Tuesday, July 2, 2019. He was 81.
Bayless, also known as “Mr. S&T,” taught civil engineering at the university for 57 years, from 1959-2017. As an educator, as an administrator, and as a community member, his lived each day with optimism, ready to help wherever he could, eager to encourage his family, friends, colleagues, and students. He exemplified professionalism, high standards, and caring. He was the voice of guidance to the overwhelmed student athlete, the mentor to the younger faculty member, the champion of the failing student who was willing to work for a second chance. In addition, he spent countless hours in service to the Rolla community and was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. However you encountered him, your day was better if you spent time with Jerry Bayless. He will be deeply missed.
He was born Oct. 23, 1937, in St. James. He graduated as valedictorian from Cuba High School in 1955, then studied civil engineering at the Missouri School of Mines (now Missouri S&T), working each summer for the Missouri Highway Department. He was inducted in Chi Epsilon, the civil engineering honor society, in 1957 and into Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honor society, in 1958. He earned a bachelor of science from MSM in 1959 and was hired the day of commencement as an instructor in civil engineering. While working full time as an instructor, he took graduate classes, earning his master’s degree in civil engineering in 1962.
On Dec. 26, 1959, he married Shirley Louise Hertel. They were married 51 years until her death in 2011 and had two children, David and Jennie.
Over the years at the university, he taught more than 10,000 students and 21 different civil engineering courses, of which his favorites were Fluid Mechanics, Reinforced Concrete Design, and Structural Analysis. He served as freshman advisor and transfer advisor, and he was involved in student recruiting. He was assistant chair of civil engineering from 1968 to 1985, interim chair of civil engineering in 1986 and 2006, assistant dean of engineering from 1986-1990 and associate dean of engineering from 1990 to 2006. He retired in February 2017 as associate professor emeritus of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering.
He was a member of the Society of Sigma Xi and an honor member of Blue Key, Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi.
Campus committee activities included the Athletic Committee, the Curriculum Committee and Chair of the Commencement Committee. He also served on and was Chair of Academic Council (now Faculty Senate).
It is estimated that he attended 1,150 evening meetings with student organizations. For more than 50 years, he was faculty advisor to Chi Epsilon. He was a chapter honor member and in 2008 he was awarded the Chi Epsilon National Arthur N. L. Chiu Award for Excellence as a Faculty Advisor. In 2017 he received the Harold T. Larson Award from Chi Epsilon, the highest award for service to the society and profession. He also served as link coordinator and a Governor nationally for the Order of the Engineer. In addition, he was the advisor to the Missouri S&T Student Council for more than 20 years and was a member and past advisor to the local chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
He was secretary-treasurer of the S&T chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, secretary and treasurer of the S&T Academy of Civil Engineers, and treasurer of the Miner Alumni Association and the Miner Booster Club.
He was a recipient of the Alumni Merit Award from the Miner Alumni Association, an honorary member of M-Club, a member of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh, and an honorary Knight of St. Patrick. In 2004 he received the Chancellor Medal, and in 2005 he was the Honorary St. Patrick and Parade Marshal. In 2011 he was named one of Missouri S&T’s inaugural class of Alumni of Influence and was awarded the University of Missouri Presidential Citation for Outstanding Alumni Service.
A registered professional engineer in Missouri, he held offices in several professional organizations, including the Rolla Chapter of the National and Missouri Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers (fellow and life member) and the American Society for Engineering Education. In 1968, he was named Young Engineer of the Year, Rolla Chapter and State, MSPE. In 2017, he was given the Outstanding Link Coordinator Award from the Order of the Engineer.
He was a huge fan of Miner sports, attending more than 1,600 Miner events over his lifetime. For 30 years, he kept score at the men’s basketball home games. He was a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and had fond memories of attending his first game with his father in 1946.
He was a charter member of the Optimist Club of Rolla, where he had 53 years of perfect meeting attendance. He was a past president of the local club and had served as lieutenant governor of the Missouri District of Optimist International. In 1974, he was named Mr. Rolla Optimist for 1964-1974. He was deeply involved with youth sports with the Optimist Club and was especially proud to have initiated and propagated the local Optimist soccer program. He also worked with the Optimist basketball program. He was president of the Rolla Khoury League and Commissioner of the Khoury League of the Ozarks for about 15 years. He was a member of the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce and a former member and chairman of the Rolla Park Board and the Rolla Board of Adjustment.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Bayless, and his younger brother, Mackey Bayless. He is survived by his son, David J. Bayless and wife Sally, of Athens, Oh.; daughter Jennifer L. Bayless, of Rolla; two grandchildren, Michael H. Bayless, of Seattle, Wa., and Laurel H. Bayless, of Athens; five nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, at the First Presbyterian Church of Rolla with a memorial service to follow at 4 p.m. at the church with the Reverend Lou Ellen Hartley officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Jerry R. Bayless Fellowship or Scholarship at Missouri S&T.


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1:00 PM 7/13/2019 1:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 7/13/2019 4:00:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church

919 E 10th St
Rolla, Missouri 65401

First Presbyterian Church
919 E 10th St Rolla 65401 Missouri
United States

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Saturday

13

Jul

4:00 PM 7/13/2019 4:00:00 PM - 5:00 PM 7/13/2019 5:00:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church

919 E 10th St
Rolla, Missouri 65401

First Presbyterian Church
919 E 10th St Rolla 65401 Missouri
United States

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