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Charles "Chuck" ReVelle

It is with sadness that we report to the academic community that Chuck ReVelle, a great friend, admired professor and fine person passed away on Wednesday August 10, 2005. Chuck died at home, close to his loving wife Penny and family. Chuck was struggling with a lymphoma, and eventually, an infection took him away.

It is very difficult to synthesize Chuck's life and many achievements. After serving on the faculty at Cornell University from 1967 to 1970, he joined the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University, where he remained a faculty member until now. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Netherlands and a Visiting Scholar in the Army's Institute for Water Resources. Author or coauthor of eight books and over 180 journal articles, he applied his mathematical methods to problems in many areas, including public and private facility location, emergency services design, water resources, natural reserve selection, forest management and transportation network design. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award, North American Regional Science Council, Regional Science Association International, the Lifetime Achievement award of the Section on Location Analysis of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences, and the Agamemnon Award from the Constantine Porphyrogenitus Association (Greece) for his contributions in Environmental Management.

World-renowned for being one of the first researchers working in location analysis, his seminal work not only inspired many other researchers, but also was cited in most of the articles and books on the subject. Dozens were honored by being his coauthors.

Although the list of Chuck's academic achievements could go on and on, all who knew him will remember him also by the fine and kind person he was. Always excited about his students' and colleagues' progress and findings. Always thrilled to hear about new applications of location science and new models. Always explaining difficult concepts in such a way that anybody could understand, and making you feel like a genius for being capable of following him. His enthusiasm was really contagious and, as a gifted teacher, he attracted many undergraduate and graduate students who had the joy of working with him. He had a great sense of humor, and everybody knew of his love for jokes and witty puns. He will be sadly missed.

- Vladimir Marianov, Electrical Engineering, Pontificia Universidad, Chile

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