As reported recently by IWRA, we sadly announce the passing of Prof. Yorum Eckstein, former Associate Editors for Water International, and the father of IWRA current President Gabriel Ekstein. He passed away suddenly on Saturday June 27th following a long period of poor health.
Prof. Yorum Eckstein was an internationally recognized hydrogeologist with over 50-years of broad professional experience. He was a full professor at Kent State University (KSU) where, until his retirement in 2013, he taught courses in surface and ground-water hydrology, environmental geology, and contamination for 37 years. Concurrently, he served as an expert advisor to private and governmental agencies and provided litigation support in cases of water and soil contamination. Prior to joining KSU he served 16-years as a hydrogeologist for the Geological Survey of Israel.
Prof. Eckstein’s interests and expertise spanned a wide variety of subjects in hydrogeology and environmental quality (e.g., aquifer delineation and testing, acid rain, arid zone hydrology, contamination of water resources, modeling of ground-water flow and transport, effects of coal mining practices on water resources, public and private water wells, etc.). His clients included: Republic of Korea, Ministry of Forestry and Agriculture (1966), Iran Ministry of Agriculture (1968-69), Los Alamos National Laboratory (1978-81), Nicaragua Ministry of Energy (1978-79). He served as a Visiting Scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1974-75) and as a Visiting Professor at Mining and Metallurgy University of Cracow, Poland (1987), Warsaw University, Poland (1989-90), Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, Baku, Azerbaijan (2000-01), University of King Hassan II, Mohammedia, Morocco (2002), University of Belgrade, Serbia (2005) and Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk, Russian Federation (2009).
Prof. Eckstein had published numerous peer-reviewed articles. He served as an Associate Editor to Water International as well as the Journal of Hydrogeology. He was fluent and had published in four languages: English, Polish, Russian and Hebrew.