Georg Wolfgang Fuhs

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Dr. G. Wolfgang Fuhs, age 88, of Davis, CA, passed away May 9, 2021. Born in Cologne, Germany on May 19, 1932, to Lisette Ilse (Stayen) and Dr. Friedrich Karl Fuhs, Wolfgang was raised in Cologne and environs. He received his biology degree from the University of Bonn, and in 1956 he graduated with his PhD. in Natural Sciences: botany, microbiology, chemistry and zoology from the University of Bonn. He was a pioneer in environmental sciences with research interests in environmental microbiology, freshwater and coastal ecosystems. Rather than pursue a career in academia in Europe, he moved his young family to the United States, accepting a post in 1964 as Senior Research Scientist with the Environmental Health Department of New York (Albany). He lived in Delmar until 1979 with his wife, Heidy Fuhs and family. In 1973 Wolfgang was promoted to Director of the Environmental Health branch of the New York State Laboratories. He also served as adjunct professor in microbiology at the State University of Albany and as Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin. Wolfgang was appointed Chair of the International Joint Commission for the Great Lakes, formed under the Boundary Waters Treaty, Canada-USA. His consulting activity included serving on research grant committees of the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation. Wolfgang’s major projects included restoration of lakes in New York State, analyses of microbiological factors in wastewater treatment, and studies of acid rain. In 1985 Wolfgang moved to California, becoming Director of the California State Public Health Laboratories in Berkeley, CA. Until his retirement in 1998, he worked at the California Environmental Protection Agency establishing an environmental accreditation program. In Davis, Wolfgang was an enthusiastic participant in the Early Music group, performing on his clavichord, harpsichord and fortepiano together with other instrumentalists. He was also an avid collector of early keyboard music manuscripts, visiting libraries throughout Europe and the United States to acquire his finds. With his life-partner, Joan Moses, he enjoyed hiking, sailing, and kayaking, tending his fruit trees and roses, cooking and baking stollen, reading the Financial Times and Die Zeit, swimming, and hosting celebrations for his family and friends. Wolfgang was a life-long hiker, skier, an early adopter of technology, as well as an avid photographer, cabinetmaker, bookbinder, art framer, pianist and harpsichordist and opera-patron. As comfortable discussing astronomy as tinkering with his motor home, he was a true Renaissance man. Wolfgang leaves behind his beloved Joan Moses, three children, Lisette Mallary, Georg Fuhs (Susan Fuhs) and Dagmar Serota (Gilbert Serota), and six grandchildren, Katharine and Matthew Mallary, Carl, Eric, and Emma Fuhs, and Kyle Serota.

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