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In Memoriam: Distinguished Professor John Freemuth

John Freemuth

I am beyond devastated to be sharing the news with you that our friend and colleague, Dr. John Freemuth passed away suddenly on Saturday May 2nd at the age of 69.  John’s passing is a tremendous loss to our university and beyond.

John was a prolific scholar, influential educator, and celebrated member of the Boise State community.  As the Cecil Andrus Endowed Chair of Environment and Public Lands, and as the Principal Investigator of high-profile grants from the United States Geological Survey and the Bureau of Land Management, John made profound contributions to the conversation surrounding our public lands through his many books, journal articles, and presentations. John was recognized as a University Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, and was the recipient of the Professor of the Year for Idaho Award. He even served as a moderator in the Idaho Forest Restoration Partnership and the Western Governors Association collaborative projects on working landscapes and invasive species.

As a trusted and reliable source of expertise and knowledge, John was often sought after by local, state, and national news media outlets for his perspective and analysis on issues related to public lands and the interface between public policy and science

A school-wide celebration of John’s life and career, to be held at a later date, will be coordinated with his family and the Andrus Center for Public Policy. Information on services for John will be announced separately.

I will truly miss John, whose presence on our campus and far beyond will have a lasting impact well into the future.

Andy Giacomazzi
Interim Dean, School of Public Service