Stephen A. Norwick was remembered Sunday in a meadow at Sonoma State University, the campus where he spent nearly four decades teaching generations of students.
The banjo-playing professor charmed those who knew him with his warmth but earned deep respect with dogged scholarly pursuits that wound through geology and environmental studies, folk music and literature.
"The term Renaissance man applies," said Rocky Rohwedder, chair of SSU's environmental studies and planning department.
About 300 people filled white chairs on the green lawn Sunday for a celebration that was supposed to be a retirement party.
But Norwick died June 19, 11 days after he was struck and gravely injured by a hit-and-run driver as he cycled on Petaluma Hill Road.