In memoriam – David Getches

David Getches (University of Colorado)

American Rivers and the larger environmental community lost a great friend last week. David Getches passed away after a very short battle with pancreatic cancer.

David Getches joined the University of Colorado Law School in 1979 and served as dean from 2003 until the last week in June.

David Getches served on American Rivers’ Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee, providing valuable leadership, guidance, and input to our work. American Rivers was one of many organizations to which Getches gave of his time and expertise.

In particular, he was a great advocate and friend of American Indian people. He worked tirelessly to improve water management and ensure healthier rivers throughout the west and beyond. And, many law students, including myself, benefitted from his enduring commitment to and passion for the environment.

He will be greatly missed.