Winter 2009

Bob Rashid wading in the Wolf River during sturgeon spawning season. Photo: Jeff Kline

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ASC Mourns Death of Bob Rashid

Staff at the Aquatic Sciences Center (ASC) were saddened by the sudden death of Bob Rashid in October at the age of 59. A freelance photographer/writer whose work appeared in Time, Newsweek, and The New York Times, Rashid worked with many departments on the UW–Madison campus, including the ASC.

He published three books: Wisconsin’s Rustic Roads, Backroads of Wisconsin, and Gone Fishing. A fourth, People of the Sturgeon, is scheduled to be published in October 2009 by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. ASC Science Writer Kathleen Schmitt Kline coauthored the book with Ron Bruch of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and ASC Aquaculture Advisory Services Specialist Fred Binkowski. Rashid spent two years chronicling the cultures surrounding lake sturgeon in the Lake Winnebago region, and the book will feature more than 150 of his best color photographs.

“Bob was a gifted artist and a wonderful human being,” said Kline. “We were so fortunate to have him as a partner on this project. It was always a pleasure to spend time with him, whether driving out on frozen Lake Winnebago, wading in the Wolf River, or attending a pow-wow. I feel lucky to have known him, and we all miss him.”

Rashid’s portfolio can be viewed at

For more information about People of the Sturgeon, see winnebago

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