A celebration of the life of Idaho State University biological sciences Professor Dr. Timothy S. Magnuson, who passed away from natural causes on Oct. 4 while hiking in Yellowstone National Park, will be held Saturday, Nov. 2.
Magnuson worked at ISU since 2001 and is survived by extended family in his home state of Minnesota and by his wife, Dr. Rhesa Ledbetter, ISU biological sciences visiting assistant professor.
“I can’t describe how incredibly fortunate I was to have Tim in my life for over 15 years,” Ledbetter said. When we first met, I was enamored by his iconic curly (okay, maybe crazy) hair and sweet smile, but most of all I was attracted to his humility. He never bragged that he was a Ph.D. or boasted about his accomplishments, of which there were an abundance. Tim pursued a doctorate, not because he wanted a title, but because he was passionate about learning, discovery, and sharing that excitement with students. Nothing about his career made him happier than seeing his students succeed and have ‘aha’ moments. He was exceptional because of this passion for learning and teaching.”