Passing of Prof. Ganga Nair

Prof. Emeritus Ganga Nair

Prof. Emeritus Ganga Nair

Prof. Emeritus Ganga Nair, Natural and Applied Sciences, who taught for 40 years at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and was a world-renowned expert on forest preservation, died this morning (Wednesday, March 10) at St. Vincent Hospital.

Born in western India, Prof. Nair joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 1968, and was the very first winner of the UW-Green Bay Founders Association award for excellence in scholarship.

“Ganga was a tremendous asset to our university and was still active after his recent retirement,” said Scott Furlong, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. ”His research was world-renowned and many of our students benefited from the time and effort that he spent with them, and have gone on to their own levels of success. As important, Ganga was just a great person. He cared about UW-Green Bay, NAS and the Biology programs and his students. I always enjoyed talking with Ganga and his jovial and friendly nature. He always had a smile on his face. UW-Green Bay and the larger community has truly lost a respected colleague and friend today.”

Nair, who was 80, retired in the spring of 2009 following a distinguished career as a specialist in diseases of trees and other woody species. For many years he was an adviser to the United Nations Development Program on the preservation of tropical forests around the globe.

“To destroy or burn a tropical rain forest is like burning a Renaissance painting,” he once told the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

We’ll share details about services as soon as they are announced.

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