This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.
Gravestones exist to document the life statistics and passing of an individual. Sometimes they are an opportunity for a memorial or prayer. But frequently they are the last opportunity for a person to make a personal statement, complaint, or remark that denotes their unique character and personal life interpretation. This presentation looks at some of the strange, thoughtful, and often humorous final last words of our predecessors. The headstones chosen range from the rich and famous to the dark and infamous. There is also a list of great epitaphs, and photos of creative caskets, unusual urns, and strange grave markers.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Robert Meroney is an emeritus professor and senior research scientist/scholar in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. He was formerly director of the Colorado State Wind Engineering Program and Wind Tunnel Laboratory. In retirement, Dr. Meroney is a Master Naturalist with the Fort Collins Natural Areas Program.