1938 - 2020
Geographer Leonard Kouba died on July 15, 2020. A longtime professor at Northern Illinois University until 1993, he was 82.
Kouba, who specialized in African geography, was an avid traveler, fisherman, and big-game hunter. He visited approximately 120 countries in his lifetime. He was a past recipient of NIU’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. He established the Leonard J. Kouba Geography Graduate Student Fund to provide scholarships and other resources for graduate students in his home department at NIU.