Salem Honors Memory of Esteemed Professor

Salem Honors Memory of Esteemed Professor

April 19, 2013
photo of Dr. Jeffrey Ersoff

Memorial Celebration of the Life of Dr. Jeffrey Ersoff
April 19, 2013

A celebration of the life of Dr. Jeffrey Ersoff will be held on Monday, May 6, 2013, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in Hanes Auditorium of the Elberson Fine Arts Center on the Salem College campus.  An associate professor emeritus of psychology who taught at Salem College for 34 years, Dr. Ersoff died on April 16, 2013, after a lengthy illness. The entire campus community, alumnae, family and friends are invited to attend. Following the celebration, the Women in Science and Mathematics Program will host a gathering with refreshments in the Rondthaler Science Building room 102, allowing an opportunity to visit Dr. Ersoff's office and share memories and reflections in a more intimate setting.  For additional information or questions, contact the Office of Communications and Public Relations (

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Obituary for Dr. Ersoff

Jeffrey Alan Ersoff

June 21, 1946 – April 16, 2013

Dr. Jeffrey Alan Ersoff, Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Salem College, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013, after a lengthy but determined battle with AL Amyloidosis. He was a gifted teacher and mentor. After completing his BA in Psychology at Cornell University, he spent three years in the Peace Corps in a small village in Malaysia teaching science to elementary school students, keeping their attention by occasionally blowing things up. One of his students came to the US to study and later became the Malaysian Minister of Agriculture. Jeff received his MA at Florida Atlantic and his PhD in Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and after a one-year term at NDSU in Fargo, N.D., dedicated his career to teaching psychology and mentoring students at Salem College for 34 years. He also initiated and taught the first computer science courses at Salem. Jeff derived deep pleasure from music, was an excellent cook and an avid dog trainer. He loved his family and was very proud of his daughters. He and his wife were 30-year members of Better Marriages. He is survived by his wife, Caroline Davenport-Ersoff, and by his daughters, Rachel Elena Ersoff and Zarah Sophia Ersoff and her partner Lauren Steely, as well as by his “boys,” Buzz, Jake and Tai, all of whom miss him deeply. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Xue-Qiao Zhao and brother-in-law Gordon Davenport, nephew Bobo Davenport, neice Caroline Davenport-Riggs (Brian) and great niece Aiden Riggs, long-time friends John and Sue Ureda, and by his sister Renee Lansat (Paul). He was preceded in death by his mother Helen Coopman and stepfather Sidney Coopman. He was a generous man and will be greatly missed by all his friends, colleagues and students. The family thanks Dr. Francis Buadi of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN, Dr. Franklin Chen and Dr. James Dilley in Winston-Salem, as well as the nursing staff at Forsyth Memorial Hospital and at the Kate B Reynolds Hospice Home for their excellent care. Special thanks go to Jeff’s good friend Mike Stauber as well as to long time friend Kavyo Motsinger who was with Jeff and his family throughout this final journey.

A celebration of Jeff’s life will be held at Las Estrellas restaurant on Saturday, May 11th at 3:00 PM.

Memorials may be made to the Amyloidosis Foundation, Hospice, Salem College, Better Marriages or to a charity of your choice.