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Humboldt State University
Loss of Professor John Travis

Dear Friends,

I am saddened to share with you news of the death of John Travis, a longtime Professor of Political Science at HSU. He died last week, Feb. 6, of natural causes.

This is a difficult loss for many members of our University community, particularly John's family, friends, former students and colleagues. On behalf of the campus, I would like to express our deepest condolences.

John joined the faculty at HSU in 1970, and his career extended through 2007. He was well-respected for his teaching, and he served for a number of years as Department Chair for Political Science.

John also made significant contributions to shared governance, both at HSU and at the statewide level. He served multiple terms on the Academic Senate, including as Chair, and he served in many capacities in the local chapter of the CFA and on the CFA's statewide Board.

Shortly before John's death, the HSU University Senate Executive Committee passed and delivered to him a resolution, which was later endorsed by the full University Senate. The resolution honored John, and specifically cited his knowledge and commitment to higher education, his personal integrity, his mentorship of other faculty members, and his efforts related to shared governance.

I am sure John very much appreciated the Senate resolution, which concludes:

RESOLVED: That the University Senate of Humboldt State University (USHSU) offers its deepest appreciation to and commends Dr. John Travis for his extraordinary contributions to Humboldt State University, the California State University and the cause of higher education; and further be it

RESOLVED: That the USHSU expresses its heartfelt gratitude and respect to John Travis for his tireless labor and devotion to the role of shared governance within Humboldt State University, the California Faculty Association, and the California State University.

Once again, let me offer our campus community's deepest condolences to all those who were close to John. Our thoughts are with them, and we are here for them. If you are in need of additional support during this time, I urge you to consider contacting the Counseling Center on campus at 826-3236.


Signature - Rollin C. Richmond
Rollin C. Richmond