Founder Kormondy Remembered


Edward J. Kormondy, a founding faculty member, died on April 28, 2018 at age 93. Kormondy joined the faculty in 1971 and served as dean of natural sciences from 1972–1973 and provost from 1973–1978.

In a 2017 interview, Kormondy recalled the project he completed with students in Evergreen’s first Political Ecology program. The Hood Canal Bio-Inventory project for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proved to be an important early example of faculty work to engage students in applied learning in real-time context.

After Evergreen, Kormondy served as professor and administrator at several universities. He became chancellor and professor of biology at University of Hawaii (UH) Hilo and UH West Oahu in 1986 and was honored as chancellor emeritus in 2000. His commitment to higher education did not stop after he retired, though—he took on interim top executive roles at three different colleges post-retirement.

He wrote more than 70 publications on ecology, biology, and science education. His best-known book, Concepts of Ecology, went through many editions and was translated into several languages.

Kormondy will be missed by his large extended family, including his son, longtime Evergreen employee Mark Kormondy; and his many friends and former colleagues.