Lewis Lindsay Dyche


Lewis Lindsay Dyche

Bath County, Virginia, USA
Death 20 Jan 1915 (aged 57)
Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, USA
Burial Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 95459795 View Source
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Son of Alexander Boyle Dyche and Mary Ann Reilly Dyche;

Grandson of William Peter Dyche and Martha Catherine Craig Dyche and of Hiram H. Reilly and Elizabeth Lindsay Reilly;

Brother of Hiram Reilly Dyche (who died as a young child), Wilson Winning Dyche, Mary Elizabeth Dyche, William R. Dyche, Edward Alexander Dyche, Frank Wentworth Dyche, Elliott Carriger Dyche, Rosa Bell Dyche, Frederick Dyche, Delia Dyche and Ida Dyche;

Husband of Ophelia Axtell Dyche, whom he married September 4th, 1884;

Father of Walter Dyche, Ruth Dyche, Lewis Lindsay Dyche and George Axtell Dyche.

Professor Lewis Lindsay Dyche died of Heart failure on January 20th 1915.

He touched many lives and is remembered by all of the families, friends and students who know of him and continue to benefit from the legacy of this great man.

...from.. the Beverly Tribune
Thursday, Jan. 28, 1915

Lewis Lindsay Dyche, Kansas' greatest naturalist, Arctic explorer and professor of systematic zoology and taxidermy at the University of Kansas, died at Stormont hospital, Topeka, recently after a brief illness. Heart disease was the cause of his death. Professor Dyche, who was state and fish game warden, about two weeks ago was bitten by a Gila monster, but the physicians in attendance at the time of his death say this was not in any degree responsible for his demise.

The news of Professor Dyche's death reached the State House just as members of the Legislature and State Officers were leaving and expressions of sorrow were universal.

"It is a great loss to the state," said Former Governor E. W. Hoch, and the sentiment was everywhere reechoed.

Professor Dyche had been in ill health for a number of weeks. He underwent an examination at the Rosedale Hospital a few weeks ago and was warned that he had a weak heart. He continued at work and was at the State House when the Legislature convened.

His wife and four children had been summoned from Lawrence and were at his bedside when the end came.

Professor Dyche was born at Bath, Virginia, on March 20, 1857. He came to Kansas as a young child and received his education at the University of Kansas, at which institution he was awarded the degrees of B.S., B.A., A.M. and M.S. In 1885, soon after his graduation he became an instructor at Kansas University and held successively the Chair of Comparative Anatomy, Zoology, Curator of the Museum of Natural History and Professor of Systematic Zoology and Taxidermy. In 1911 he was appointed State Fish and Game Warden by Governor Stubbs, but continued to hold his University Professorship. He was reappointed by Governor Hodges in 1913 for a four years' term. Under his direction the great Fish Hatchery at Pratt, on which more then $100,000 has been expended, has been built up.

It was as a Naturalist and Big Game Hunter that Professor Dyche won his greatest distinction. He made many expeditions in all parts of North America, including Mexico, Alaska, Labrador and Greenland. He led the Expedition that left Gloucester, Mass., on May 16, 1895, and resulted in the rescue of Lieutenant Robert E. Peary and his party on the Western coast of Greenland.

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