A. Richard Kassander, Jr., Noted Scientist, Educator, and Humanitarian Has Died

Monday, August 14, 2017

Founding Department Chair, Atmospheric Sciences/Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Has Died at Age 96 

Arno Richard "Dick" Kassander, Jr., UA Vice President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus, passed away on July 27, 2017 in Mesa, AZ. Dick was born in Carbondale, Pa, Sept 10,1920.  One of the most influential scientists of his generation, Kassander served as the first department head for the UA Department of Atmospheric Sciences/Institute of Atmospheric Physics and was highly instrumental in the creation of many University of Arizona units, including the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and Flandrau Planetarium. He was also Director Emeritus of the Water Resources Research Center and, as the Graduate College Vice President for Research, collaborated with John W. Harshbarger in the formation of the UA Department of Hydrology and Water Resources. Kassander was a member of the Board of Trustees for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). (Indeed, the founding UCAR meeting took place on the UA campus because of Kassander, and he served as its first chair.) An archived NCAR/UCAR OpenSky document from October 1968 (click on Staff Notes 122) shows Kassander stepping down as chair of the UCAR Board. Details of Kassander's life and many accomplishments, as well as information about a planned memorial service, are included in his obituary at Legacy.com. Our heartfelt condolences are extended to all of the Kassander family.