Kort Jungel 1954 – 2015

Summer Ornithology: Birds in the Hand Steve Herman This three-week bird course is taught entirely in the field. We will leave campus on the first day, travel through some of the best birding country in Oregon and meet the advance party two days later in a tented camp on Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge in south-central Oregon. We will spend the next two weeks netting, processing, banding and releasing 800 to 1,000 small birds of about 30 species. We will focus on aspects of banding protocol, including net placement, removing birds from nets, identification, sexing, aging and record-keeping. We will balance the in-hand work with field identification and behavioral observations, and during the last week we will tour Steens Mountain and the Malheur area. Our meals will be prepared for us and we will live in wall tents. Evergreen students and faculty have banded more than 13,000 birds in the 21 years this course has been taught.

Kort and Steve Herman

From: Herman, Steven
Sent: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 7:53 PM
To: All Staff & Faculty DL 
Subject: Kort Jungel

Those of you who knew Kort Jungel (and I’m sure that’s nearly everyone) need to know that we’ve lost him. Kort died this afternoon, at Saint Peter Hospital.   He had been admitted less than 48 hours earlier and never regained consciousness. Apparently he had a pervasive bacterial infection. One of his brothers, his sister, and sister-in-law were with him at the end.  Kort was about 63, a graduate of Evergreen and a fixture in the Mail Room for 35 years. He was a Greener through and through.

Summer Ornithology: Birds in the Hand Steve Herman This three-week bird course is taught entirely in the field. We will leave campus on the first day, travel through some of the best birding country in Oregon and meet the advance party two days later in a tented camp on Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge in south-central Oregon. We will spend the next two weeks netting, processing, banding and releasing 800 to 1,000 small birds of about 30 species. We will focus on aspects of banding protocol, including net placement, removing birds from nets, identification, sexing, aging and record-keeping. We will balance the in-hand work with field identification and behavioral observations, and during the last week we will tour Steens Mountain and the Malheur area. Our meals will be prepared for us and we will live in wall tents. Evergreen students and faculty have banded more than 13,000 birds in the 21 years this course has been taught.

Summer Ornithology: Birds in the Hand.  Kort was the camp chef.

 

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Kort Jungel 1954 – 2015

35 Responses

  1. I will miss you, Kort.

    John McLain November 18, 2015 at 10:17 am #
    • Heartbreaking. Such a dear, dear heart. Peace to you peaceful man.

      Terese Palaia November 18, 2015 at 5:18 pm #
  2. Words cannot begin to express how much I will miss seeing Kort every day! He will be so missed – rest in peace, my colleague and friend.
    (Debbie Garrington)

    Anonymous November 18, 2015 at 10:20 am #
  3. I’ll miss seeing Kort. I’ll miss the ironic conversations. What a lovely man. What a significant loss.

    Diane Kahaumia November 18, 2015 at 10:33 am #
  4. Kort, you are so loved! I’m deeply saddened by the loss of such a kind person, especially such a dear member of the Evergreen community from past to present.

    Elizabeth McHugh November 18, 2015 at 10:38 am #
  5. Kort was an absolutely wonderful human being, I will miss him greatly. I always enjoyed talking with him, it’s great to see these pictures as I know he loved cooking at Malheur summer camp. The world is a lesser place for his loss, may we all be a little more like Kort to try to fill that void.

    Noel McHugh November 18, 2015 at 10:47 am #
  6. Thank you Kort for always keeping a positive attitude through out the years. I will always remember your smile and great conversation. Your loss will leave a hole in the Evergreen family for a long time. RIP Kort.

    Josh Yourex November 18, 2015 at 10:54 am #
  7. I’ll miss Kort, especially his great smile and his funny stories. I’m in shock about how quickly he was gone. Getting the library mail every day won’t be the same without Kort.

    Mary Finch November 18, 2015 at 11:05 am #
  8. Kort I met you in 1988 it was your first Summer ‘O’ and my second! We had many great times together in the field and your calm demeanor was beyond reproach. I love you Kort and I hope that you are in a better place maybe setting up your kitchen at Robinson Draw.
    ~Ronnie

    Ronnie Beathe November 18, 2015 at 11:20 am #
  9. Words are not enough to express how I feel about the passing of our dear friend Kort Jungel. My sadness is punctuated by so many wonderful, cheerful memories. The sound of his voice will always be with me. His humor always brought a smile to my heart. Peace to all who loved Kort.

    Noah Poritz November 18, 2015 at 11:22 am #
  10. God, this is going to hit hard. I worked with Kort back in the mail room during the 70’s. We always had a good time together and stayed in touch with each other over the years. It was always so amazing about him how nothing seemed to bother him, even during the craziest times. I am really going to miss him.

    walter carpenter November 18, 2015 at 11:29 am #
  11. I lived with Kort in the dorms back in the 70s. He started working in the mailroom about the same time I started working in Photo Services.
    Out of the blue, after all these years, he came to mind. Now I know why. He was a good friend. I’m so sorry he’s passed on.

    Tracy Hamby November 18, 2015 at 12:07 pm #
  12. Always friendly; always kind. He went out of his way to help with problems. He’s the kind of guy you love to see stopping by your office. Hey, Kort – rest easy and know that we miss you!

    Rhonda James November 18, 2015 at 12:09 pm #
  13. I am so saddened and shocked by this. Kort was so sweet to me, always.

    Heather Schofner November 18, 2015 at 12:32 pm #
  14. I’m deeply saddened by the loss of such kind person he is, and such a dear member of the Evergreen community. Kort, you will be missed!

    crowleyl November 18, 2015 at 12:34 pm #
  15. When I lived on campus I used to tell people that they could write me at “Ben 98505” and I’d get it. They’d mail me a letter just to test my statement. Kort never failed! Rest in peace dear friend, you are missed!

    Ben Schroeter November 18, 2015 at 12:43 pm #
  16. We will miss you so much Kort! You were so sweet and loving!

    Christina Balsom November 18, 2015 at 1:58 pm #
  17. I am saddened by the loss of my colleague. I have only known Kort for just over three years but he is so wonderful it felt like we were friends for years. Kort was the best part of our manager meetings, always ending his reports with fun facts about Evergreen. He is as rare as some of the rare birds he loved so much. Thank you for so many wonderful memories.

    Regian Pendergrass November 18, 2015 at 2:44 pm #
  18. Hearing of Kort’s passing was so sad. He has been at the college for so long, and he always had a kind word and warm smile. He will be in my thoughts for a long time.

    Susan Fiksdal November 18, 2015 at 5:03 pm #
  19. Kort you were such a kind and gentle man. I am happy to have crossed paths with you over the 28+ years that I was at the Bookstore at TESC. Rest in peace, Dear Man, you will be sorely missed.

    Jeannie Andrews November 18, 2015 at 9:26 pm #
  20. I worked with Kort for a few years in the mailroom during the late 70s and early 80s. Such a wonderful person. Gone too soon. He will be missed by the entire Evergreen Community.

    Tami (Moore) Palmer November 18, 2015 at 9:47 pm #
  21. Kort! Sweet man and kitchen guru. You are on my mind today…

    Anonymous November 19, 2015 at 9:29 am #
  22. There’s a new hole in Evergreen’s heart.

    Steve Herman November 19, 2015 at 9:46 am #
  23. Øhh, Kort. my first friend at Evergreen, you thrashed me everytime at two man basketball – I could beat you once and a while at pool in the dorms. I am so grateful you could show my son a mariners game – He will never forget it. Farewell my good friend, Ohh I wanted to see you one more time….

    David Galvin November 19, 2015 at 11:30 am #
  24. Often I’d WALK to the mail room to mail something, just so I could say hello to Kort and say, “Seen any interesting birds lately?” It would always be an occasion to visit for a few moments, always with smiles and our shared love and awe for the living world, especially the winged world. Kort was modest, loving, and generous. Maybe we can take these qualities forward, the best way to honor him as he wings his way into the beyond…..

    Jean MacGregor November 19, 2015 at 2:16 pm #
  25. I remember the times when leaving work Kort would explain the type of clouds and what they meant for the weather the next day. I’m going to miss him.

    Scott November 19, 2015 at 3:12 pm #
  26. Kort, I will miss you so much. I loved talking with you and listening to your stories. You had a warmth and calmness about you that really touched me and I have a very sad heart because you are gone. Your shoes will be hard to fill as you were such an amazing, unique and wonderful man. Evergreen is a better place because you were part of it all those years. I wish you peace, my friend.

    Valerie

    Valerie Bahl November 19, 2015 at 3:57 pm #
  27. Kort, I’m really missing you buddy

    Douglas Shanafelt November 19, 2015 at 5:16 pm #
  28. Kort was one of the first people I met at Evergreen, perhaps even on the first day I was on campus in 1976. I was introduced to him by a (new) mutual friend. He was working in the mail room, as a student employee. I left Evergreen for a while, came back to work for KAOS, and there he was, still in the mail room. And there he remained, a rock steady presence, ever helpful, and a constant friend. Later, we discovered we had a mutual interest in gourmet cooking. His skills went far beyond my own, honed by all those years in the desert. We also shared a love of music, especially the blues. Some of you may remember a time, in the distant past, when TESC didn’t have a real address – just its own zip code. (There’s a fabulous metaphor in there for those heady days.) Anyway, I think it was in the eighties, the Postal Service or some other agency demanded that the college MUST have a street address. Kort told me he responded, “2700 Evergreen Parkway,” off the top of his head. And so it came to be that Evergreen was finally affixed to the material world. As long as the college continues, Kort’s legacy will be with us, on every web page, and every envelope, and every postcard. He was just a terrific person all around. Fare thee well, good friend.

    Michael Huntsberger November 19, 2015 at 6:08 pm #
    • Perfect, Michael. Kort was Eric’s house mate…back those many years ago, on Puget and Yew…many wonderful meals, conversations, and music. He was a lovely, kind soul…dang.

      Hilary Lewis November 30, 2015 at 7:11 pm #
  29. There are some people who are part of the soul of a place because they share such interesting conversations with so many people and exhibit such an enthusiasm for the adventure of living that you can’t imagine a place without them. Kort Jungel was one of those people, and I will miss running into him, and those wonderful conversations where I got to think about how full a life can be when you follow your passions. Who now will tell me of their great adventures cooking for Steve Herman and meeting new birds, or about what was happening in AFSCME and what issues were important to my friends on staff here. I will miss him, his concern for people he cared about, his generosity of spirit. It is hard to believe I will never run into him again. May his travels our of the body bring him grace.

    Gail Tremblay November 25, 2015 at 5:20 pm #
  30. Kort made the dorm’s mail room a fun place back in the ’70s. He will be missed. Back then he was still a “student” but he would just enroll each quarter and then withdraw, so he could keep his campus job. What a great friend.

    David Mazor December 1, 2015 at 6:16 am #
  31. Good music, good food and good company. Kort provided all three. I never saw him by a loaf of bread he ALWAYS baked his own. He had a good heart and generous spirit to go with his well-developed sense of humor. I’m so saddened by this news. Farewell Mojo Sharkey, thanks for all the music and good times.

    Eric Brinker December 1, 2015 at 10:03 am #
  32. Kort was a very friendly and introspective soul, and a great friend. He was a roommate of mine in the dorms in the 70’s, and later in a large old house in the South Capitol Neighborhood, where on the weekends, he would often cut up potatoes and make the best hash browns and eggs on a huge cast iron skillet. As students, we didn’t have much money, but always ate well, thanks to Kort. He later had the most amazing vegetable garden on the eastside. Kort was a hub, and a lot of different sorts of people ended up meeting each other because of him. He was funny, and also quite the prankster. I will miss you, Kort.

    Bob Majors December 3, 2015 at 7:58 pm #
  33. Just now learned of Kort’s passing. Rest in peace old friend.

    Allen Whitehead December 9, 2015 at 2:41 pm #