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In Memory

Harold Boyne, former chair of Earth Resources, died Jan. 26

February 5, 2009

In loving memory of Harold Stephen Boyne of Fort Collins, Colo. 1928-Jan. 26, 2009.

Harold was a renowned physicist, a lover of the great outdoors and the arts, who rarely missed local or traveling dance performances. He was himself a fine blues guitarist, loving father and a wonderful story teller, well known in many facets of his community and will be greatly missed.

His four years in the U.S. Navy led him to earn a Ph.D. in physics at the University of Michigan in 1960. He was an expert in the field of lasers and electromagnetics. He worked at the National Bureau of Standards in Washington D.C., then at the Bureau in Boulder, Colo., where he became Radio Standards Physics Division Chief.

Taught snow hydrology, geophysics and fluvial geomorphology

Harold moved to Fort Collins and became the department head of Earth Resources at CSU, where he taught snow hydrology, geophysics and fluvial geomorphology. He and his students performed the first seminal research, still often cited, on FMCW radar and retrieval of snowpack properties.

When he retired from CSU, his passion for snow and lasers took him to the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, N.H. He continued to work in the radar field and avalanche research and he traveled and lectured in many parts of the world on this subject. He was still an active researcher working on NASA funded field programs into his late 70s. After retiring from CRREL, he returned to Fort Collins and taught snow classes and fluvial geomorphology as an emeritus faculty. He was preparing for a symposium in France this spring at the time of his death.

He is survived by daughters Christine Moore and Luwana Wanaisie, his grandchildren Jason Cohen, Foxx and Breeze Wanaisie, great grandchildren Bayden and Trevor, and his brother John Boyne.

Celebration of Life planned for summer

His daughter, Christine, will be making celebration arrangements for the summer (e-mail contact:

Contributions can be made to Impact Dance, 1307 Silk Oak Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80525.

Contact: Kimberly Sorensen
Phone: (970) 491-0757