The Fort Hays State University Chair of Geosciences, Dr. John Heinrichs, died at home over the weekend. In an announcement to the FHSU faculty, Dr. Paul Faber, dean of the college of arts and sciences, said, “John has been a wonderful teacher, colleague, and friend. We will all miss him terribly.” Heinrichs began teaching at FHSU 1998, and served as the Geoscience department chair since 2006. During his time at FHSU Heinrichs received numerous awards including, the FHSU President’s Distinguished Scholar, the FHSU Pilot Award, and the FHSU Student Government Association Special Appreciation Award.
Heinrichs was from Milwaukee and attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, receiving both a B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics. Heinrichs completed his Ph.D. in Geography at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Heinrichs taught at the University of Colorado-Boulder before coming to FHSU.
Outside of teaching Heinrichs was actively involved in climate and geoscience research as well as community service activities. He was also a member of several professional organizations including the American Geophysical Union, American Association of Geographers, and the Kansas Academy of Sciences. Locally he was the chair of the Ellis County Wellhead Protection Committee and a member of both the FHSU Research Environment Committee and the FHSU President’s Distinguished Scholar Selection Committee.
A celebration of Heinrichs’ life is being planed, and details will be released at a later time.