A vigil was held for Erik on Monday evening (9/16), at 7pm. It was at the Rock, which is on Front Campus, near Main Street (across from Circle K). Visitors shared their memories of Erik, and reflected in the company of others saddened by his passing. Click here for photos of vigil.
Please share your thoughts about Erik below, and we will post them to this site.
"Dr. Heidemann is one of the professors that stood out as an impactful instructor during my time at Kent State. A day didn't go by without him having a smile on his face and he knew how to get the most out of each individual student. Political Research Methods is one of the courses a journalism student dreads taking. Numbers are not our forte. I was lucky to have taken the class with Dr. Heidemann, who helped me understand the coursework through relevant current event discussion. His passing is a tragic loss to his family, Kent State University, former students and the young minds Erik did not get a chance to mold. I hope that the Poli Sci Department does not forget Erik easily. He was and is one of the great professors to have ever taught at Kent State. One of the most intelligent people to have a discussion with, his loss cannot be measured."
A Wonderful Professor, My Deepest Condolences
"I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of one of my former professors, Dr. Erik Heidemann. I had the pleasure and privilege to take an American politics course taught by Dr. Heidemann during my Sophomore year at Ohio State. He was extremely intelligent, energetic, humorous, and had a tremendous passion for teaching. 35 years of age is just so incredibly young. Although I didn't have much of a personal connection with him, his course was one of my absolute favorites at Ohio State. He always wore a bow tie, brought a great deal of humor to each class, and was very engaged with students. My sincerest thoughts and condolences go out to his family. Dr. Heidemann, thank you for your diligent work, humor, and passion for teaching."
"Erik was by far one of my favorite instructors during my four year stay at The Ohio State University. He was caring yet held us to high expectations and treated as professionally as peers. He had a great way of making you laugh and of teaching you material in a memorable way in addition to leading discussions without bias. My condolences go out to his family, and I am sad for future generations that will not be able to experience being taught by Erik"
Class of 2013
"Erik Heidemann was the kind of man that makes a university like Kent State worth attending. While gifted as a researcher and professional, he cared about the success of his students above all else. He took a difficult course like Political Methods and made it interesting and easy to understand. He was always willing to help after class. I got to know him outside of class. He was absolute class and this loss is devastating. I am shocked, troubled and deeply saddened by passing. My heart and prayers go out to his family. Know you are not alone in your grief."
"I miss Erik's emails and phone calls, he always made me laugh. He was a very caring, loving nephew."