Water Resources Research Center,
October 10, 2023
On Thursday, October 5, we paused to recognize, remember, and reflect on the loss of one of our own. This week we mourn Dr. Thomas Meixner, beloved professor and head of the University of Arizona Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, whom we lost one year ago. He was admired and respected in the water community and by those for whom he was a colleague, professor, mentor, and friend. An endowed University memorial fund has been established to honor his legacy and support graduate students in the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences. In a letter sent this week to students, faculty, and staff, UArizona President Robert C. Robbins stated that “Dr. Meixner was an incredible person, and his death has left an indelible mark on our community.” The University held a day of remembrance on Thursday, during which services were offered at St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center. The church Meixner attended each week with his wife and children, St. Cyril Roman Catholic Parish in midtown Tucson, plans to dedicate two areas of their property in his honor: a native plant garden and a stone walkway that Meixner and his son helped build. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Meixner’s family as we observe the first anniversary of this tragic loss. He is truly missed.