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October 2, 2013

Paul W. Mausel

TERRE HAUTE — Paul W. Mausel, 77, of Terre Haute, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in Union Hospital. He was a retired Professor of Geography from Indiana State University. He was born Jan. 2, 1936, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Paul G. Mausel and Esther (Sandstrom) Mausel.

Paul is survived by his loving wife, Jean (Kias) Mausel; a daughter, Catherine Herrin and her husband Tim of Terre Haute; two sons, Brandon Mausel and his wife Jennifer of Newark, Del., and Justin Mausel and his wife Farahnaz of Washington, D.C.; five grandchildren, Timmy, Carter, Trey, and Christopher Herrin and Mizan Mausel; mother-in-law, Mary Kias of Terre Haute; sister-in-law, Suzanne McCafferty and her husband Ronald of Clarksville, Tenn.; and a brother-in-law, Thomas Kias of Athens, Ga.

The Geography Department at Indiana State University was founded in 1893 and the Ph.D. program, the first Ph.D. program at ISU, was established in 1963. In the many decades of serving students locally, nationally, and internationally, numerous superb teachers, researchers and scholars have taught in the ISU Geography, Geology and Anthropology Department. One of the most eminent and internationally respected professors was Dr. Paul Mausel. He was an excellent teacher, a world-class researcher and publisher, a creative scientist, a prolific writer, and a very successful grantsman. Few professors in academia could match his academic productivity and the love and respect he received from students and colleagues. Paul Mausel earned from the University of Minnesota a bachelor’s degree in Geography in 1959, and a master’s degree in 1961. His intelligence and creativity were recognized by the faculty of the University of Minnesota, and since he had two degrees from them, they assisted him in securing financial support and admission into the Ph.D. program at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Paul received a Ph.D. in Geography and Soils in 1966, and then he accepted a teaching position at Eastern Illinois where he taught from 1965 through 1971. In 1971, he joined the faculty of Indiana State University. Dr. Mausel was sent from ISU to the Purdue University Laboratory for the Application of Remote Sensing (1972-1973); in 1978 he was sent to the International Institute for Aerial Survey and Earth Science in Enschede, The Netherlands. Paul was appointed director of ISU’s Remote Sensing Lab (ISURSL) in 1973, and served in this capacity until 1998. He retired from ISU as a distinguished professor in 2001. Dr. Mausel was principal investigator or co-principal investigator on approximately 50 externally funded projects that collectively brought more than $2 million of external funds to ISU. Three of his most recent grants were a NASA “REASoN” grant of $400,000, a NSF “Acquisition of AISA + Hyperspectral Sensor” grant of $l92,500, and a NASA LBA-Goddard “Human and Physical Dimensions of Land Use/Land Cover Change in Amazonia” grant of $200,000. He published more than 150 articles and book chapters in national and international journals, such as “The Professional Geographer,” “Soil Science Society of America,” “Journal of the American Institute of Planners,” “Geocarto International,” “Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing,” “Journal of Imaging Technology,” “World Resources Review,” “International Journal of Remote Sensing,” “Biosciences, Research and Exploration,” “Human Ecology,” “Land Degradation and Development,” “Forest Ecology and Management,”  and most recently, “Food and Famine in the 21st Century.”  Paul made more than 100 presentations at professional meetings, including workshops on Color Photography and Videography, International Symposium on Remote Sensing, Geoinfomatics, National Association of Science Teachers Annual Meeting, Stennis Space Center’s Interactive Multimedia in Remote Sensing and Environmental Issues Symposium, National Council for Geographic Education’s Annual Meeting, Annual Meeting of the National Science Teachers Association, ITC Research Seminar Series (Enschede, The Netherlands), NASA’s Succession in Amazonia Conference, ACSM-ASPRS’s Change Detection in the Amazon Conference, and the Symposia Brazileiro de Sensoriamento (Belo Horizonte, Brazil). Dr. Mausel served on 35 M.A. thesis committees in Geography, Geology, Physics, and Life Science. He was the chairperson of 11 completed M.A.’s, served on 55 Ph.D. dissertation committees, and was chairperson of 37 Ph.D. dissertations. Four of the dissertation committees on which he served as external evaluator were from the University of Toronto in Canada, Indiana University, and the University of Baroda in India. He served on at least 10 university committees including the Faculty Senate, Graduate Faculty Committee, University Research Committee, and the University Computer Committee. In the last 30 years, Paul has reviewed more than 125 journal articles for the finest Remote Sensing and GIS journals in the English-speaking world and over 60 proposals from national funding agencies, e.g. NSF, NASA, USDA, National Geographic Society, and Land Degradation and Development. By all academic measures, Dr. Paul Mausel was one of the most prolific Remote Sensing specialists in America, and his former Ph.D. students are carrying on his tradition serving as professors, departmental chairpersons, directors, deans, and provosts/vice presidents. They also attempt to emulate his concern for students, his respect for all knowledge seekers, his absolute fairness, and his work ethic.  Visitation is Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m., and Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, from 10 to 11 a.m., in DeBaun Funeral Home, Wabash Avenue Chapel, 2425 Wabash Ave. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Burial will be in Highland Lawn Cemetery. If friends so desire, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to either, American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be left at:


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