Milton Jeremiah Shatzer
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Milton Jeremiah Shatzer
  • September 22, 1946 - December 17, 2017
  • Malibu, California

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Milton J. "Jerry" Shatzer

Milton J. "Jerry" Shatzer, formerly of Toledo, passed away on Sunday, December 17, 2017, at his home in Malibu, CA. Jerry was born on September 22, 1946 to Milton L. and Genevieve Shatzer of Toledo and graduated from Whitmer High School in 1964. Jerry earned a Bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Toledo (1970), a Master's degree in missiology from Abilene Christian University (1976), and a PhD in communication from Michigan State University (1987).

He met his wife, Nancy Sweet of California, while serving as a missionary in Nazareth.

Jerry taught communication, first at the University of Kentucky from 1985 to 1990, and then at Seaver College at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California from 1990 until his retirement in 2015. He chaired Seaver College's Communication Division from 1996 to 2003, and also directed the Intercultural Communication program from 2003 until his retirement. His particular academic interests pertained to the influence of college study abroad programs on U.S. undergraduate students.

"An educator, scholar, and Christian servant, Milt served as both an example and mentor to several generations of Seaver College students," said Seaver College Dean Michael Feltner. "Milt is remembered fondly by peers for his gentle demeanor, grace, and sacrificial commitment to Seaver College students and faculty. We celebrate his life and the positive impact of his work at Pepperdine on the lives of his students and peers."

He leaves behind his wife of 43 years, Nancy; daughter, Christin (Jos) Shatzer Romn of Nashville, TN; son, Jeremy of Westlake Village, CA, and sister, Marcia (John) Fleitz of Toledo.

A memorial service honoring his life will be held January 3, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. on the Pepperdine campus in Malibu. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made in Milt's memory to the Dr. Milt Shatzer Memorial Scholarship fund at Pepperdine University.