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GLIN==> Obituary for Richard Pycha - Retired Fishery Biologist




The information below is sent at the request of John Gannon, Acting
Director, USGS Great Lakes Science Center, Ann Arbor, MI (email:
john_e_gannon@usgs.gov).  Dick Pycha retired from the Center's Ashland, WI
station in 1985 and was known to many in the Great Lakes community.  This
obituary will also appear in the February 2002 issue of Fisheries.

Richard (Dick) Lawrence Pycha, Jr., age 75, passed away Thursday, November
15, 2001 in Ashland, Wisconsin.  He was born in Manhattan, Kansas.  After
moving to Virginia, Minnesota, Richard graduated from the Virginia High
School in 1943, and received an Associate in Arts degree from the Virginia
Junior College in 1945.  He continued his education at the University of
Minnesota (UM), where he majored in Fisheries and Wildlife Management and
earned his Bachelor of Science Degree with Distinction in 1952.  During
1954-1955, he was an aquatic biologist with the California Fish and Game
Department in Sacramento, where he conducted a life history study on white
sturgeon. In 1955, he completed his Master of Science Degree at UM after
receiving a National Science Foundation Fellowship.   Later he returned to
the UM graduate school and completed the academic requirements for a Ph.D.
In 1957, he joined the U.S. Bureau of Commercial Fisheries in Ann Arbor,
Michigan as a fisheries research biologist.   After he transferred to the
Ashland Biological Station in 1958, he worked diligently to help restore
lake trout in Lake Superior.  The author of many publications, he was
internationally respected for his scientific contributions to Great Lakes
fisheries research and fisheries management.  In 1967, he became the
Station Chief of what is now known as the Lake Superior Biological Station
(U.S. Geological Survey), and held that position until he retired in 1985.
Throughout his career, he was closely involved with the inter-agency
activities of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission for sea lamprey control
and restoration of native fishes in the Great Lakes.

After retirement, and led by a life-long love of the piano, he enrolled in
the Piano Technology course at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.  He
became a piano tuner, restorer, and rebuilder.  Later, because his
scientific writing and editing skills were highly respected, he was asked
to edit a special volume of the Journal of Great Lakes Research, which
contained articles describing progress toward restoration of lake trout in
the Great Lakes.  Richard was a man of many and varied interests, but he
particularly enjoyed flying his own plane, sailing, swimming, piano
playing, reading, politics, building computers, gardening, and coin
collecting.  A memorial fund was not created, but donors may contribute in
Richard's name to their own worthy cause.


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