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“Nitsa, I am so sorry. Mike made me a better scientist and person. I enjoyed playing softball with him back at UND. Mike and I occasionally shared...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: John Carroll - Lincoln, NE

“Nitsa I am in Panama with the Orings and Dov Lank and we were all so sad to just hear today (from Liebermans) about Mike's passing. I was Mike's TA...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Susan Haig - Corvallis, OR

“Nitsa and Family: Nikki and I were so saddened to hear of Mike's passing. He was a friend and valued colleague. We visited innumerable times in...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Robert Seabloom - Grand Forks, ND

“Nitsa and family, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Mike. I loved seeing him and talking to him around the College of Charleston. He was a...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Emily Swanson - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“We are so sorry to hear about Mike. Mike was my long-time and dearest friend from graduate school at FSU. He was a hellion on the basketball court...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Stan Faeth - Greensboro, NC

“My heartfelt condolences! I have many fond memories of Mike, going way back. A lovely, delightful presence who will be sorely missed. ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Lory Frankel - Cornwallville, NY

“Mike arrived at the College the same year I retired. After I became an Emeritus Professor, maintaining an office at the marine lab at Fort Johnson,...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: William Anderson - Charleston, SC

“This candle is lit with love for Mike.We are filled with sadness, Nitsa and Dan, for losing Mike is a profound and enormous loss for you and all who...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Judy Frankel - Naperville, IL

“Nitsa and Danny,We were so shocked and are so very sorry to hear about Mike. I will always remember the good laughs and his witty sense of humor that...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: BJ and Mark Jackson - Carson City, NV

“Dear Nitsa & Family,We are saddened by the loss of your dear husband, Mike.We offer our sincere condolences and hope that you experience no more...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Irene & Howard Alpert - Toronto

“Nitsa & Danny - I was so sorry to hear about Mike's passing. You have my deepest condolences. Debbie Robertson - CofC Biology ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: DEBBIE ROBERTSON - BONNEAU, SC


Michael Jeff Auerbach, 66, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2019. His graveside service will be held Sunday, October 13, 2019 in the Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens, 1308 Mathis Ferry Road at 11:00 am. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

Michael was born August 15, 1953 in Queens, New York, son of Max Auerbach and the late Estelle Auerbach. Dr. Auerbach served as the Dean of the School of Sciences and Mathematics, at the College of Charleston, from 2010 until his retirement in July 2018. He was the driving force behind the completion of the School of Sciences and Mathematics Building and renovation of the Rita Liddy Hollings Science Center which reopened in June 2018. He also served the College as Chair of the Department of Biology (1996-2000). Upon his retirement, the Dean Emeritus Michael J. Auerbach Undergraduate Research Mentor Award was created in honor of his strong belief in providing students with opportunities to conduct hands-on research projects with the ultimate goal of presenting at professional meetings and/or being published in a peer reviewed journal. This award is given annually to a faculty member demonstrating a sustained track record of mentoring student research over a three year period of time. Additional contributions to the science community include serving as Executive Director of the Division of Earth and Ecosystems Sciences at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, NV and Program Director of Ecological Studies for the National Science Foundation. He was the Lady Davis Postdoctoral Fellow in Field Plant Ecology at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, where he met his beloved wife Nitsa. As an ecologist, Mike had an unmatched enthusiasm for our environment and all its creatures. He was an avid bike rider and enjoyed traveling.

He is survived by his wife, Nitsa Dagan-Auerbach of Mt. Pleasant, SC; father, Max Auerbach of Mt. Pleasant, SC; son, Daniel Auerbach of Mt. Pleasant, SC; and sister, Leslie Auerbach of Santa Cruz, CA;