Spring 2010

[Alumni News]

James Joseph, HSU Benefactor, Distinguished Alumnus

Helped ensure survival of the world's tuna

James Joseph Photo courtesy of Beth Lockhart.

Dr. James Joseph (B.A. ’56, M.S. ’58) passed away on Dec. 16, 2009. He served on the Humboldt State University Advancement Foundation Board and created an endowment to support the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission/James Joseph Scholarship for outstanding students in the Fisheries graduate program. Dr. Joseph earned HSU’s first M.S. degree in fisheries in 1958 and was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus in 1986. Below is an excerpt from the eulogy, delivered by Chris Lischewski, president & CEO of Bumble Bee Foods.

“It was always difficult for me to accept that Jim was almost 80 years old. He was one of the strongest, most vibrant and energetic individuals I have ever been associated with. Over the last year he traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe as well as to key tuna fishing areas including Vanuatu, the Seychelles, Mauritius and Madagascar pursuing perhaps his greatest professional passion – ensuring the long-term conservation and sustainability of the world’s various tuna species.”

“I can honestly say I have never seen a more powerful and influential man in the world of global fisheries science, conservation and management than Jim. He believed that in the complex world of fisheries conservation and management, encompassing governments, fishermen, processors, environmentalists and scientists, no lasting solution would be possible unless all parties were involved. Examples abound, but perhaps the most recognized is the 1999 Agreement on the International Dolphin Conservation Program, Jim’s last major accomplishment at the IATTC. This groundbreaking achievement, a model for many other fisheries conservation agreements, would have been impossible without his leadership, and is a testament to his vision, his persistence, and his constant conviction that doing the right thing in the right way is worth whatever effort it takes.”

Memorial contributions may be made to the James Joseph Scholarship Endowment at Humboldt State University, Gift Processing Center, 1 Harpst St., Arcata, CA 95521-8299.