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Dr. Kenneth George Relyea

Posted By Kyle Nikola On August 5, 2020 @ 10:19 am In Obituaries | 10 Comments

In Memorial

Dr. Kenneth George Relyea, age 78, of Savannah, died Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at his residence.

Services will be private.

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Condolence from Scott Belfit on August 8th, 2020 3:10 pm

So so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. He was my number 1 mentor through college at Jacksonville University and have always been grateful for his guidance and friendship.

I’ll never forget the field trips and rap sessions at Ken and Gail’s house on Friday nights.

Please let me know of any arrangements and anything I can do.

All Blessings to His Family,

Condolence from Jennifer Raehn on September 23rd, 2020 7:53 am

Dr. Relyea was a mentor to me all through my time at Armstrong. He believed in me and pushed me to do my best even as a single mom with two littles at home. The last time I ran into him it was at fresh market and he told me he wasn’t doing well at all. I prayed for him and let him know that I would continue. I am sorry to hear about his passing but I am thankful he suffers no more.

Condolence from Khawla on November 7th, 2020 4:05 pm

My Dear Professor
God willing I’ll see you in Heaven

Your faithful Student from Kuwait

My heart goes out to the family for their loss of a big and kind heart

Condolence from Melanie mirande on November 22nd, 2020 10:33 am

So sorry to hear of Dr. Relya’s sickness and passing. I worked at Armstrong and he was so good at working with students. He was a great asset to the university. Just a nice man. My condolences to his family.

Condolence from Laura Griffiths on November 19th, 2020 10:46 am

Dr Relyea was a mentor and father figure to me when I was a student at AASU. He was kind and supportive and made a true difference in my life. I will always be thankful for his guidance. I pray that his family and especially Bud find peace going forward and know that Dr Relyea was a gift to this world.

Condolence from Dr. Dean Whitener on November 26th, 2020 4:12 pm

Dr. Relyea was a wonderful Biology professor who inspired and touched the hearts of thousands of students with his kindness and incredible knowledge of science. I had the fortunate privilege to be his student at Armstrong State University for numerous courses from 1993-1997; including embryology, vertebrate natural history and ecology. Over the years I thought about him often. He was admired, adored and will be dearly missed by generations of students. RIP dear sir.

Condolence from Kate on January 22nd, 2021 1:41 am

Everyone has those professors they never forget and think the world of. He was mine. Thank you for teaching me how perfectly designed every organism is for it’s purpose, how sharks are the most beautifully crafted predators, thank you for teaching me about mycorrhizal networks, even though every time I see a lone tree in a parking lot it makes me sad. Evolution leaves me in awe, from flagellates in a termite to fish eye spots to the fullness and color of a squirrel’s tail. There is such a vast world existing beyond our everyday life, a world that depends on eating enough to stay alive, keeping your progeny alive and and not being eaten yourself. I learned that because of you.

I hope you’re wearing your Strawberry Fields Forever t- shirt and you and Darwin are kicking it on the HMS Beagle and talking about what else, fish.
Thank you for sharing your VAST knowledge with us, we are all better people because of it.

Condolence from Gene Taglianetti on August 14th, 2021 7:42 pm

A man I admired. A man I could talk to. Thank you Doc, thank you JU.

Condolence from Jack McDonald on March 1st, 2022 10:13 am

Ken was one of the first and finest professors I met while at JU in the early 70’s. He proved to be wise, funny and a true mentor in my undergraduate days. Hanging out in his office between classes with Frank Phillips, with whom he shared an office, Bruce Sutton and Julian Humphries were some of my most enjoyable learning sessions at JU. Evenings and afternoons across the street at his home in Timberlake Trace were fun and served as a splendid display of his fish collection in the large aquarium in his living room. I collected killifish for him in Bermuda when I went there one summer on a research fellowship so he could continue his research on the genetics and evolution of those fish. Armstrong was lucky to get him after he returned from Kuwait to study Red Sea fish. Every time I see a VW van tooling around town, I think of him. What an impact and influence he had on his students and colleagues. I will never forget him.

Condolence from Linda Burdick on November 19th, 2022 12:15 pm

I was searching for Ken and sadly found that he had passed away. I was best friends with her wife, Tamala, who passes away years ago. They were wonderful people. Now, I’m worried/wondering about Bud.

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