Batavia, New York - When 55-year-old Jeffrey Falker lost his battle against lung cancer late last year, the Oakfield resident was still hoping to continue his studies at Genesee Community College.
He had taken several classes toward a career in physical therapy, but chose to put off his plans to care for ailing family members. “Jeff was very caring and was always willing to help others in any way,” said his sister Barbara Crandall. “We knew he would want to continue to help others, so that’s why we decided to donate his books.” As a tribute to Mr. Falker, who was also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, his family has donated his medical textbooks and anatomy displays to GCC for use by other students.
The donated books will carry a bookplate inscribed: “Donated in memory of GCC Student Jeff Falker 1956-2011.” The materials cover a range of science and medical titles, including:
- Anatomist: A True Story of Gray’s Anatomy by Bill Hayes
- Complete Idiot’s Guide to Microbiology by Jeffrey Byrd
- Gray’s Anatomy by Susan Standring
- Human Anatomy and Physiology by Elaine Marieb
- Microbiology Demystified by Dr. Tom Betsy
- Gunther von Hagen’s Body Worlds – the Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies
- Interactive Physiology – The Best Way to Learn the Hardest Part of A&P (CD ROM)
The donation also includes an anatomically correct model of a human skull used as a teaching tool.
“Jeff was a brilliant student...the best I’ve ever had and his legacy will continue through the donation of his beloved college books,” said GCC Biology Professor Jane Weston, Ph.D., who considered him not only a student, but a friend. “He was very sweet and wonderfully kind, and always willing to help other students who were struggling.”
The materials will be available for use in GCC’s Alfred C. O’Connell Library, as well as classrooms in the physical therapy program and the anatomy lab.
For more information, contact Donna Rae Sutherland, associate director of Marketing Communications at (585) 343-0055 x6616 or via email: DSutherland@genesee.edu.
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