Monday, February 3, 2014

Professor Emeritus Donald Lynch dies

Donald Lynch, 82, professor emeritus of geography, passed away Jan. 31.

Lynch, who earned his Ph.D. in geography of Russian studies at Yale University in 1965, had been affiliated with the University of Alaska Fairbanks geography department since 1970. He taught geography and history and at one time served as president of the UAF Faculty Senate.

Lynch's research focused on regional, economic and historical geography of Alaska, Northern Scandinavia and Siberia. He spoke Russian and Norwegian and could read German and limited Finnish.

"Don was a classically trained geographer, the likes of which are rare these days, and was a pillar of the UAF Geography Department for many years," said Cary deWit, chair of the UAF Geography Department.

Prior to coming to Fairbanks, Lynch was an engineer at Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical. and a researcher of Russia, weather modification, South America and insurgency for the U.S. Army, Research Analysis Corp.

A memorial service is being planned in Seattle. Another service may be held in Fairbanks but no details are available.

Related reading:

Local Rotarians toast UAF geography professor, SNRAS Science and News, March 20, 2009, by Nancy Tarnai


Donald Lynch's obituary was published in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Feb. 11, 2014. Services will be held March 1 at 4 p.m. at the Fairbanks Elks Club. In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute to the Elks Scholarship Fund in Don Lynch's memory, 1003 Pioneer Road, Fairbanks, AK 99701.

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