In Memoriam: Brian Jacobson
October 7, 1955 – March 3, 2016
Brian Jacobson, Principal Agronomist and a cherished colleague of ours at Waterborne, passed away on March 3 from complications associated with pancreatic cancer. It was our great privilege to have worked with Brian for over 20 years.
Brian is regarded by those most knowledgeable in our industry to have been among the very finest agronomists and contract field researchers in the United States. He developed and led our field dissipation study program and advanced it to include aquatic studies in rice paddies, ponds, and dispersion studies in irrigation canals and lakes. In addition to terrestrial and aquatic field dissipation studies, Brian’s work included studies that addressed bioaccumulation, foliar wash-off, runoff, volatilization, and residues in pollen and nectar. In his career, Brian managed hundreds of environmental fate and residue studies designed to meet USEPA’s FIFRA guidelines. Brian’s broad experience and ingenuity allowed him to work closely with our clients to design studies that addressed pressing regulatory concerns, many more complex and challenging than the standard data requirements. In the last six years, Brian has been actively developing and mentoring scientists who worked closely with him in our Fayette, Missouri office performing a wide range of field studies.
Prior to coming to work with Waterborne in 1996, Brian was a field studies manager at ABC Laboratories and a research specialist at the University of Missouri. Brian was a proud alumnus of the University of Missouri earning a BS in Agronomy in 1979 and a MS in Weed Science in 1981.
Brian was someone who lived close to the land working his entire life on field studies assessing the environmental fate of agricultural chemicals throughout North America, maintaining his small farm and livestock in rural Missouri, or seeking adventure in exotic locations like Costa Rica, Mexico or Big Bend National Park. He was a passionate St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and was most happy surrounded by his family watching a game at Busch Stadium while he and his wife Dana “scored” the game along with other devoted Cardinals’ fans. In addition, he was also very dedicated to the Missouri Tigers and spent many a fall Saturday afternoon tailgating and watching football games in Columbia.
Brian leaves behind Dana, his wife of over 34 years, and two children that include Andy, an engineer in our Illinois office, and Samantha, a pediatrician in residency in Kansas City.
Brian Jacobson was a consummate professional, a “pro’s pro” and admired by all who knew him. He will be deeply missed.