Juerg Moritz Blumenthal Obituary

  • Juerg Moritz Blumenthal
    In Loving Memory of

    Juerg Moritz Blumenthal

    Birth Date: Apr 16th, 1965 Death Date: Feb 15th, 2016
    Dr. Juerg Moritz Blumenthal, age 50, passed away on Monday, February 15, 2016 at St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan, Texas after a brief illness.  

    Juerg was born on April 16, 1965, a citizen of Surcasti GR in Switzerland, to Claudia Camenish Blumenthal and Reno Blumenthal. He graduated as an Agronomist from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and was a member of the Christian fraternity AV Welfen where he took the name Volumen. He served as a lieutenant in the Swiss Army. He emigrated to the United States in 1992 to attend the University of Minnesota graduate program, earning his Ph.D. in Soil Sciences in 1997. Juerg met his future wife, Constanza, in 1992 while she was also attending graduate school in the same department. They were married in Switzerland in 1994. A few years later, in 1997, he and his wife moved to Nebraska after he accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska where he was the Soil Fertility/Nutrient Management Specialist at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center at Scottsbluff. Their two children, Patrick and Arianna, were born during their time in Nebraska. In 2003, Juerg and his family moved to College Station, Texas when he accepted a position as the Extension Sorghum Specialist at the AgriLife Extension Service at Texas A&M University. He retired from Texas A&M in 2011. 

    Juerg’s specialties were field grains and bioenergy. He authored and co-authored many publications in those areas and earned many awards including:  Certificates of Excellence in the Educational Materials Awards Program sponsored by the American Society of Agronomy, a Blue Ribbon Award from the American Society of Agricultural Engineers;  and an Excellence in Team Programming award from the University of Nebraska, Cooperative Extension.  His efforts lead to the foundation of agronomic production practices for cellulosic bio-energy in Texas.  He left Texas A&M AgriLife in 2011.

    Juerg is preceded in death by his parents, Claudia and Reno Blumenthal and his father-in-law Alfonso Montealegre. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Constanza Blumenthal Montealegre, his son, Patrick Blumenthal and his daughter, Arianna Blumenthal. He is also survived by his brother, Urs Blumenthal and numerous sister and brother-in-laws, nieces and nephews in Switzerland, The Netherlands, Colombia and the United States. 

    Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, February, 18th at Hillier Funeral Home of College Station. The rosary for Juerg will be at 2:30pm on Friday, February 19th at St. Mary's Catholic Church in College Station, Texas followed by a Mass of Celebration at 3:00 pm.  

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 300 N. Main Street, Bryan, TX 77803. 

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