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Longtime CNR Faculty Member William McLaughlin Dies

September 20, 2017

Former College of Natural Resources faculty member William (Bill) McLaughlin died Saturday, Sept. 16. McLaughlin came to the University of Idaho in 1977 as a faculty member in wildland recreation management, now the Department of Natural Resources and Society. He mentored generations of students and faculty. He was an innovative teacher, a demanding researcher, and always sought to subvert the dominant paradigm.

He had a profound impact of the field of natural resource social sciences, leading teams of researchers in the U.S. and internationally helping to establish the fields of land use and conservation planning, and protected areas management. He most loved his time working internationally and helping future generations of conservation leaders. His passion for teaching helped establish the department as a national leader in social science research methods.

McLaughlin served as department head, was named interim dean of the College of Natural Resources from June 2008 to August 2010, after which he accepted a special assignment in the Provost’s Office and Office of Research and Economic Development. He retired from the University of Idaho in 2014. He is survived by his wife Debbie, son Julian and daughter-in-law Candal, grandson Andrew and extended family members.

There will be a viewing at Shorts Funeral Chapel from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. A celebration of life will be planned for the future.

His dedication and passion, his zest for life, and love and of family and friends will be missed.

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