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It is with deep regret and sadness that we deliver the news of the passing of our dear friend Dr. John H. Eicher, age 95, on Tuesday, June 7. Just three weeks prior, we were privileged to witness his induction into the State of Ohio, Class of 2016, Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. He took ill two days later, eventually succumbing to heart failure.

John retired from Miami in 1989 after a 37-year career in the university's chemistry department. From working with Nobel Prize winners to living a secret, double life during World War II, he amassed a lifetime of experiences he was eager to share. 

For the past 14 years, John was a fixture in ILR both as an instructor and a student, often registering for at least a dozen courses each semester. Always willing to share his vast wealth of knowledge, John taught ILR courses right up to the present. His spring class, Remembering the Manhattan Project, was standing room only and garnered rave reviews. He had proposed to teach a course on Abraham Lincoln this coming fall.
John's wishes were not to hold a memorial service. A celebration of his life may take place later this year.

John's son David, Astronomy magazine editor, memorialized his father through his blog here.

John's passing is truly a great loss for those of us who knew him personally, for the ILR community, and the entire Miami family. He will be profoundly missed. We extend our sincere condolences to his children Nancy and David, as well as the entire Eicher family and his numerous friends. 

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