Jeri Vereschagin '57 COP passed away Sunday, July 14, 2013, after a long illness. She and her husband, Alex Vereschagin '57 BUS, are longtime supporters of Pacific and lead donors to the Alex & Jeri Vereschagin Alumni House.

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Longtime Pacific Supporter Jeri Vereschagin Passes Away

Jul 16, 2013

University of the Pacific lost a celebrated alumna and valued friend on Sunday, July 14, when Geraldine "Jeri" (McCarl) Vereschagin '57 COP passed away after a long illness.

"Jeri Vereschagin, and her husband Alex '57 BUS, demonstrated a real love for Pacific and its alumni," said University President Pamela A. Eibeck. "Jeri was a dear friend and a wonderful person who believed deeply in the value of a Pacific education and in the lifelong benefits of being in the Pacific Family. We will miss her deeply."

Alex and Jeri Vereschagin were honored with
the President's Award at the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony.

Alex and Jeri married shortly after graduating from Pacific. When Alex became president of the Pacific Alumni Association, 2000-2001, he and Jeri were inspired by the importance of alumni to the University. Donating $2 million of the $4.5 million needed to construct the Alumni House, they wanted to build a legacy for alumni by helping to give them a home on campus. The Alex and Jeri Vereschagin Alumni House opened in August 2011, funded almost entirely by alumni donations.

Jeri earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from the College of the Pacific in 1957. She was a member of Alpha Theta Tau, serving as its president in 1957. She was also a member of the Panhellenic Council, the Pacific yearbook staff, Anderson Y, and the Pacifican. She served as an admissions volunteer and as a class agent. 

Jeri taught school for two years.  She was a full-time mother and homemaker raising her three sons, teaching Sunday school, and occasionally serving as a substitute teacher. She is survived by her husband, Alex Vereschagin '57 BUS, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from what is now the Eberhardt School of Business. He was a member of the Omega Phi Alpha fraternity and he served as its president in 1956. As an alumnus, Mr. Vereschagin was on the Alumni Association Board from 1997-2002, served as an admissions volunteer and a class agent, and participated in the Feasibility Study and the National Commission.  

Jeri and Alex "dig in" at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Alex & Jeri Vereschagin Alumni House

During the Investing in Excellence campaign, he was a leading member of the Alumni Center Campaign Committee. Mr. and Mrs. Vereschagin were inducted into the Gallery of Benefactors in 2007, and are members of the 1851 Society. 

The Vereschagins have three adult sons, Craig, Kenneth and Robert BUS '85. 

Jeri Vereschagin's memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, at the Orland Federated Church, 709 First St., Orland, Calif.      

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