Dr. Gerald “Jerry” Nolte, 88, of St. Anthony Park, died in his home on Feb. 9, 2024.

Dr. Nolte was a specialist in agricultural marketing and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in farm management and livestock, dairy, and grain marketing. He was named Distinguished Teacher of the Year at University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 1980, where he taught agricultural economics.

He was a member of the American Agricultural Economics Association, the American Association of University Professors and The Association of University of Wisconsin Faculty.

In retirement, he made many trips to work with the farmers of Ocotal, Nicaragua through the Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners Farmer-to-Farmer program, as an emeritus professor.

In keeping with his love of helping people and learning about other cultures, Jerry also served as president of the board for the International Institute of Minnesota for many years. He traveled all over the world as a volunteer for numerous organizations including ACDI/VOCA, The Partners for the Americas, the Wisconsin Nicaragua partnership and USAID.

He received the President’s Volunteer Service Award under Barack Obama in 2007.

Jerry was a member of the Mayor’s Community Advisory Committee of the St. Paul Job Corps Center in Como Park.

He also played long and influential roles in the Music in the Park series. He joined that board of ­directors in 1992 and served as Treasurer for most of that time until Music in the Park merged with the Schubert Club in 2010. Jerry then served on the Schubert Club board for two three-year terms.

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