Family and friends say that despite his many accomplishments as a researcher and entrepreneur, Dr. Gehrke, who succumbed to lymphoma Tuesday, was never one to dwell on the past.
The longtime MU professor and 1935 Coshocton High School graduat did a lot with his life, hunting for signs of life in moon rocks and helping found ABC Labs, now one of Columbia's largest employers; he continued to add to his résumé until his death on Feb. 10, 2009. He was 91.
As recently as a month ago, Dr. Gehrke was bringing folks to research meetings at ABC Labs' new facility, his son, Jon Gehrke, an orthopedic surgeon in Des Moines, Iowa, said.
His children agreed that out of his 70-year career in science and business, Dr. Gehrke was proudest of two things: his grandchildren and the research he did for NASA.
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