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Using retirement as an opportunity to pursue his own business, Dr. John Hess has retired as professor emeritus of biology after a career that began at Central in 1969.
Dr. Hess served the Department of Biology and Earth Science for nearly 33 years, teaching courses such as Introduction to Natural Sciences: Ecology, Man and Environment, Genetics, Ornithology, Mammalogy, Scientific and Technical Photography, Herpetology, Genetics and Evolution, and The Biological Perspective.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he got involved in committee work, serving as a former chair of the Graduate Committee and Curriculum Committee for the College of Arts and Sciences and is a former Graduate Council representative for the college. He co-chaired for one year the University Task Force on General Education Science and Technology, in addition to chairing the task force report. He also served for six years as graduate coordinator in the biology department.
His scholarly research led to articles in several professional journals such as the Journal of Herpetology and Herpetology Review, as well as presentations before groups including the Missouri Academy of Science and the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.
Dr. Hess earned his bachelor’s degree at Wheaton College, master’s degree at Southern Illinois State University, and doctorate at Colorado State University.
In retirement, Dr. Hess and his wife, Regina, have opened Brawley Creek Bed 7 Breakfast, a friendly place south of Warrensburg to experience art and nature.