Thursday, June 12, 2014

Donald Haney, former State Geologist of Kentucky

It is with the deepest sadness that I pass along the news of Don Haney’s death on June 8, 2014 at the UK Hospital. Don had undergone back surgery on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. He was recovering and expected to go home when he died suddenly. The link below will take you to Don’s obituary.

His death came June 8 and the AASG Annual meeting was starting in Lexington, exactly 26 years after Don hosted the meeting here when his wonderful new KGS office building opened on the UK campus. Word of Don’s passing came as the bus heading to the Sunday all-day field trip to Cumberland Gap had just reached Pineville Kentucky. I was able to leave the trip bus and head back to Richmond to see Don’s wife Shirley. It was tragic and unexpected. Don was a giant in AASG and never missed an AASG annual meeting from 1978 to 1999, his active service, and even after retirement as Honorary representative he went to Liaisons and annual meetings through the 2000’s. He left a giant imprint on AASG and of course KGS and the entire state of Kentucky.    [Photo credit, University of Kentucky]

Jim Cobb, State Geologist & Director,  Kentucky Geological Survey

Don's obituary is available online at

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