Dan Willard was a nationally recognized wetlands expert. He served on the IU School of Public and Environmental Sciences (SPEA) faculty from 1977-1998, teaching in the school's environmental science program. Dan was very involved in community organizations and in both local and national environmental issues. He played a key role in the establishment of the IU Research and Teaching Preserve.
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Dan's career at Indiana University stands as a wonderful example of how to blend teaching, research, and service in ways that made a difference. In the classroom, he brought his students the same debates he was embroiled in as a member of major science and policy committees or as a technical consultant. He expected his students to consider all elements of a problem: natural history, science, public policy, and ethics--and to find defensible solutions. Dan's remarkable efforts as a scholar-educator led to several awards for outstanding teaching, including the Indiana University Distinguished Teaching Award and the Indiana University Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) Award. [Peoplewatch, SPEA environmentalSciencereport, Issue No. 8, Fall 2005]
Dan Willard's legacy, however, goes well beyond the list of accomplishments and recognitions. Words such as "warm," "encouraging," "dear friend," "well-loved," "inspirational," "mentor," and "cherished" appear again and again in narratives about Dan. Dan maintained a sharp wit, subtle humor, and an appreciation for the whimsical (such as his fondness for the Wizard of Oz books and movie). He was a man of many interests and passions.
A sampling of Dan Willard's lasting impact on so many of his students, friends, and colleagues can be found in the slide show.