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DECEMBER 06, 2002

Tribute to Professor Protz

Below is Professor Stanley Collins' tribute delivered at the OARS November, 2002 AGM. - Ed.


1934 - 2001

Dick Protz was born on August 8, 1934, in Willowbank, Saskatchewan. He obtained the BSc degree with distinction and the MSc degree at the University of Saskatchewan. In 1965 he received his PhD degree at Iowa State University, and by that time had a wife Olga and the first three of seven children.

He joined the University of Guelph as an assistant professor of Land Resource Science in 1966, and was named a Professor of that department in 1974. He retired as Professor Emeritus in 1999, and died of a heart attack in his home on November 17, 2001. At the time of his death he was still working with several graduate students and research fellows.

Dick was always highly industrious, with a passion for his work that was matched by his devotion to his family. He taught undergraduate courses in soil genesis, classification, tropical land and water use and remote sensing. His list of publications is impressive, with 79 papers in refereed journals and 60 other articles. He presented 68 articles at conferences and assisted in editing several books. He created a laboratory for Image Analysis, Remote Sensing and GIS, and served as Associate editor for the Canadian Journal of Soil Science and for the Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing. He reviewed papers for publications that included the International Journal of Remote Sensing.

In 1972 Dick joined me in the task of setting up the Ontario Association for Remote Sensing, doing most of the work in fact, as secretary-treasurer. He also assisted in organizing and conducting the Second Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing, which was held in Guelph that year. He never pushed himself into the limelight, just worked quietly to get things done. He will be sorely missed by his family, his students, and by members of his scientific community.

Stanley H. Collin

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