Rick Hall, natural resource ecology and management professor, died on Sept. 21 of acute myeloid leukemia. He was 69 years old.
Hall joined ISU’s forestry department (now NREM) in 1974. He served as interim chair of the department from 2008 to 2009 and held the Arthur and Frances Wallace Endowed Professorship in forestry from 2004 to 2010.
He was an Iowa State alumnus, earning a bachelor's degree in forest management in 1969, in addition to a doctorate in plant breeding/plant genetics (forestry) at the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1974. Recently, he was involved in selection of genetically improved cottonwoods, aspens and other tree species for use in the biofuels and new products industries.
A celebration of life program will be held Oct. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at the ISU Alumni Center.
The department also is making plans for a tree planting on campus in Hall’s honor.