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Dr. Eberhard Essich

LIVES IN THE Northeast Georgia Mountains.  Originally from Germany, he holds a B.S. in Biology and a Ph. D. in microbiology/ biochemistry, is a published author in peer-reviewed literature, has written invited articles and conducted presentations for the public, has been a microbiologist for the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), has been a professor and former head of the Biology department at several academic institutions.  Eberhard EssichHe has consulted for waste and water treatment plants around the US, as well as agricultural extension services, various state agencies, and private enterprises. He has experience in water treatment, sewage treatment, erosion control, industry, research institutions, and teaching – at both the undergraduate and graduate level. His was most recently employed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a Microbiologist and Inspector of laboratories housing "select agents and toxins".  He is a member of the American Society for Microbiology, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, and White County Chamber of Commerce. He is certified for NPDES monitoring and inspecting, has extensive experience in laboratory operation, procedures and methods, water testing including chemical testing, microbiological testing and microscopy. Dr. Essich personally trains staff, oversees all aspects of the work performed at AWSA, and he will be glad to answer any questions.

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Dr. Essich was born to Wilhelm Ernst and Lydia Maria Essich in the house of the family farm in Brackenheim, Germany in 1949. He immigrated by boat, across the North Atlantic, to the Montreal Canada area with his family at the age of 5. There he began learning a new language and adapting to a new culture. Quebecois are proud of their French Heritage and schooling was conducted in a colorful dialect of French unique to the Quebec Province and Montreal area at that time. At the age of 10 the family moved to Ohio in the United States, as his dad pioneered the fabrication of polystyrene foam (Styrofoam). Subsequent moves included South Florida and several towns in the area north of Atlanta. He graduated from Campbell High School in Smyrna, Georgia in 1967. He served in the military during one of the most unpopular eras for military service (Vietnam) and obtained his United States Citizenship at that time through Naturalization in the Courthouse in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is American by choice, and proud of it! During his service he distinguished himself by saving several lives and winning medical awards in Army-wide competitions. After service in the medical corps he returned to the farm his parents had purchased in Cherokee County, Georgia, and worked with them for several years while preparing to continue his education. He worked his way through college with an assortment of jobs including professional photography, laborer in a steel mill in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, and bridge construction on Hwy 575 near Woodstock, Georgia while it was under construction, as well as work in Emergency, Coronary Care and Intensive Care departments of local hospitals.

 

He completed his first two years of college at Villanova University in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, and survived one of the worst floods in Pennsylvania history in a basement apartment (turned swimming pool) in the countryside just outside of Philadelphia. He subsequently went to Penn State University, earned a B.S. in Biology in 1976 and graduated with his Ph.D. in microbiology / biochemistry after a 5 year hiatus in the medical field. He returned to Georgia in 1990. He became a college professor and subsequently took positions as department head of Science and department head of Biology at colleges in North Georgia. Before returning to Georgia he held research positions at several prestigious institutions and conducted marine research aboard research vessels in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. One of his most memorable experiences was diving to 3000 feet to view sea life at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. Thank you Shirley P.

 

Dr. Essich has not forgotten his life experiences. Having moved a great deal as a child, he came to believe in the importance of stable roots in a community and therefore chose to keep his children in White County where they settled in 2000. So, while not able to be a “White Countian” / “North Georgian”/ American by birth, he became one by choice.

 

During his term as Biology Professor in the mid 1990’s events occurred which ultimately led to the birth of two new businesses. Water Doctor and Appalachian Water and Soil Analysis (AWSA - which now has expanded to include air testing). AWSA includes consulting in the biological sciences, on water quality issues, speaking engagements, writing on related topics, and teaching on a more limited basis. He still works in two businesses (Water Doctor and Appalachian Water and Soil Analysis), and most recently worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a microbiologist and inspector of laboratories housing "select agents and toxins" all around the USA. What seem to be very diverse interests and service offerings of the business are really born out of a passion for microbiology, improving the quality of the environment, life experience, education, a willingness to persevere in the face of adversity and failure, a commitment to family stability, a wish to give something to the community in which he resides, and an honest desire to do God’s will.

 

He wishes to thank his wife and children, his colleagues and friends, and all those members of the community who have been kind, helpful, and generous with their time, because he knows that without their help, love, kindness, and support he would not be here today to enjoy the bounties and joys of this life.

 

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