Saturday, January 07, 2006

Dr. Steve Ashe, R.I.P.

Natural History Museum curator dies |
Steve Ashe, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, died Dec. 27 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City from a stroke. He was 58.

Ashe, a KU faculty member since 1988, had also been a senior curator with the Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Center, a position he had held since 1994. Before he arrived at the University, he was a lecturer at the University of Chicago, as well as an assitant and associate curator and division head of insects at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
I TAed in a class Dr. Ashe was teaching, and I know he was committed to the education of undergraduates. His graduate level courses were also famous.

And he was a renowned researcher on the systematics of staphylinid beetles, one of the most common groups of beetles.

It's always shocking when someone this young dies like this.

He is missed by all.