John W . Harshbarger, founder of the University of Arizona's Department of Hydrology and Water Resources, died October 10, 1991, at age 77. He joined AGU (Hydrology) in 1960.
Harshbarger was regarded as one of Arizona's and the nation's leading experts in the field of water resources. He provided guidance and leadership in the development of water supplies nationally and internationally during a career that spanned nearly 5 decades. At the University of Arizona, Harshbarger served as head of the geology department from 1961 to 1966 and as head of the hydrology department from 1966 to 1967. During his tenure, Harshbarger, with assistance from the U.S. Geological Survey, organized the first academic program in the United States to combine teaching and research in all aspects of hydrology. Under Harshbarger's direction, the hydrology department achieved a national and international reputation for excellence.