In memory of
Dr. Benjamin Stout
1957 - 2018
Information for this article was gathered from wvpublic.org and written by Glynis Board
Benjamin Stout grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia. As a boy, he enjoyed fishing and playing outside with his siblings. His work as an educator, an expert witness in the courtroom, as well as his work empowering citizens with science, made long-term impacts regionally and nationally. Stout was a powerhouse of environmental science and advocacy. In addition to this, Ben was a stream ecologist who dedicated his life to science, nature, and above all, community.
Throughout the past 26 years, Ben Stout worked at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia as a professor of Biology, specializing in environmental science and sustainability. He spent a large portion of his career studying impacts of surface mining on watersheds and nearby communities. On account of Stout's experience, he was often times called as an expert witness in court cases surrounding watershed impairment.
Dr. Benjamin Stout passed away on August 3rd, 2018 due to complications related to a recurrence of cancer. His character and determination will not soon be forgotten by his loved ones and colleagues.
"Ben's integrity as a scientist was always first and foremost" - Paul Ziemkiewicz
"You couldn't help but just want to follow in his footsteps" - Jacob Keeny