Great Plains Natural Science Society


The Prairie Naturalist

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The Prairie Naturalist 47(2). December 2015


Published by the Great Plains Natural Science Society. Used by permission.


I am saddened to report that Dr. Paul Kannowski passed away 3 September 2015, succumbing to cancer. He was 88. A native of Grand Forks, Paul attended the University of North Dakota for his B.S. and M.S. degrees, and the University of Michigan for his Ph.D. He joined the University of North Dakota Biology Department in 1957, retiring in 1990 after 33 years of service

Paul chaired UND’s Biology Department twice, totaling 13 years, considered to be a remarkable achievement by many of us who have been exposed to that task! His leadership was instrumental in the nearly exponential growth of our department’s faculty and student enrollment, including its new Fishery and Wildlife program.