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Dec. 28, 2005
Contact: Dan Lara, University Relations, (785) 864-8855.

KU chancellor's statement on the death of senior curator, professor Steve Ashe

LAWRENCE -- University of Kansas Chancellor Robert Hemenway issued the following statement in response to the death of Steve Ashe, senior curator with the Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Center and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. Ashe passed away Dec. 27 at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., from a stroke. He had been on the faculty of KU since 1988:

"This is a sad time for the university as we mourn the sudden loss of Steve Ashe. He had earned the highest respect as a researcher, and his students were blessed to have benefited from his scholarship and experience. On behalf of the entire KU community, I express my deepest sympathies to Steve's family and friends."

Statement of Leonard Krishtalka, director of the Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Center:

"The Biodiversity Center is in shock over Steve's passing. He was, above all, a wonderful human being. He was a devoted father and husband, and he was a brilliant scholar and teacher. Steve was a passionate steward of the life of the planet. We will miss him immensely."

Statement of Craig Martin, professor and chairman of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology:

"Steve was a world renowned scientist and a pillar in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I considered him to be a valued member of the department, and he was extremely thoughtful and concerned about all aspects of academia. He will be sorely missed by all."


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