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Craig MacPhee leaves legacy of academics, scholarship, and family

Former U-Idaho fisheries professor Craig MacPhee

Former University of Idaho fisheries professor Craig MacPhee passed away on October 9, 2012. Yet, through the Craig and Dorothy MacPhee Scholarship, his legacy continues. MacPhee and his wife established the scholarship to provide opportunities for students interested in studying fish sciences.

MacPhee had a distinguished history at U-Idaho. He began teaching at CNR (formerly the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Range Sciences) in 1957 and continued until his retirement in 1981. He helped establish a cooperative fisheries research unit on the U-Idaho campus in 1963, one of the first of its kind in the nation.  MacPhee also developed and patented squoxin, a chemical which helped to reduce the numbers of pike minnow in northwest waters.

MacPhee served as academic chairman for the U-Idaho Department of Fishery Resources from 1977-79. He served on the U-Idaho Faculty Council from 1977-80, and was president of the Idaho Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and the Idaho Chapter of Sigma Xi. 

In addition to the scholarship they established, Craig and Dorothy MacPhee were contributors to the Kibbie Dome. “My father enjoyed his career at the University,” John MacPhee said, “and contributed to various research projects and was successful in obtaining grant funds furthering research and graduate student programs.”

Dorothy MacPhee is a graduate of the University of Idaho, as are all three of their sons and several of their grandchildren. “I just hope that my grandchildren all attend and graduate too,” said John MacPhee.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the Craig and Dorothy Seney MacPhee Fisheries Endowment at the University of Idaho Foundation, 875 Perimeter Dr. MS 3147, Moscow, ID  83844-3147.

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