Martin Jaeckel, 73, of Cupertino, California passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at his home.
Dr. Jaeckel was born on September 9, 1938 in Dargitz, Germany to Theodor and Margarete (Kasch) Jaeckel. He was married to Ulrike Zinn on March 29, 1967 in Tuebingen, Germany.
He graduated from the University of Tuebingen, Germany with an MA in sociology, and from the University of Konstanz, Germany with a PhD in sociology. He continued his education at the University of Pittsburgh with a second PhD in sociology.
In 1968 Martin and Ulrike immigrated to the United States of America and began to raise their family. Martin became a United States citizen in 1995.
Dr. Jaeckel taught sociology, gerontology, and immigration studies at Rutgers University, New Jersey; Sangamon State University and Saint Xavier College, Illinois; and the University of North Texas. He was also the director of the Healthy Neighborhoods Project at the University of North Texas, creating models for building sustainable communities.
Martin is survived by his daughters, Anne Brosnahan and her husband Nick of Sunnyvale, California, Clara Jaeckel of San Carlos, California; sisters, Christiane Jaeckel of Naperville, Illinois, Adelheid Walmsley and her husband John of Kendal, England; brother, Hans Jaeckel of Hamburg, Germany; sisters-in-law, Marieke van Geldermalsen-Jaeckel of Amsterdam, Netherlands, Franziska Haug and her husband Andreas of Muri, Switzerland; brothers-in-law, Burkart Zinn and his wife Sonja of Tuebingen, Germany, Dietrich Rall of Mexico City, Mexico; and two grandchildren, Kellen and Kyra Brosnahan.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.