When I was working on the post ‘Clear as mud’ I had some questions for Reg Herschy. Reg is the author of ‘Hydrometry Principles and Practices’ and ‘Streamflow Measurement’ and has always been very helpful and engaging with regards to anything to do with stream hydrography.
Unfortunately, the reply came not from Reg but from his grandson Duncan. Reg passed away on July 4, 2012 as a result of an unexpected illness. The British Hydrological Society has marked his passing with an obituary in their latest newsletter.
I have not known Reg for a long time but I had been looking forward to a much longer association. I did not realize that he was 86 years old. His passion and enthusiasm belies his age. I can personally verify that the BHS statements: “… many will recall with gratitude Reg’s wise counselling and expert guidance”; “… he was an engaging and stimulating companion with a dry wit and an eclectic range of interests” and “Reg will be remembered with admiration and great affection by all who were fortunate enough to work with him.” are absolutely true.
I first sought his guidance for setting up North American Stream Hydrographers. He was extremely helpful and supportive and he followed our progress avidly. He contributed a poster to our first NASH symposium in Vancouver, 2010 even though he was unable to attend in person. I had the very great fortune to work with him in person at an ISO hydrometric technical committee meeting in Portland in 2011.
Reg has left us a prolific legacy with many of his publications guiding the advancement of the science of hydrometry into the 21st century. His influence will live for generations to come. I am extremely grateful that I had even a short acquaintance with him.
Herschy, R.W. 2009. Streamflow Measurement 3rd edition. London. Routledge, Taylor and Francis group. ISBN 978-0-415-4132-8
Herschy, R.W. 1999. Hydrometry Principles and Practices 2nd edition. Chichester. John Wiley & Sons.