Accomplished criminalist John DeHaan establishes COP’s Joseph D. Nicol Professorship in Forensic Science
John DeHaan ’69 LAS has tested theories his whole life. A self-defined science fair nerd, he was a “Mr. Wizard” fan as a kid
“Joe was a forward thinker who led by example,” says DeHaan, who studied under Nicol while attending UIC. “He was blunt and cynical, but improved fire investigation by relying on testing to challenge a number of theories on which the practice was based.”
Nicol supported and guided DeHaan while he was a student UIC and through his early career. DeHaan has since authored the industry’s benchmark textbook on fire and arson investigation, started his own consulting company.
Thanks to DeHaan, the UIC College of Pharmacy will be able to establish the Joseph D. Nicol Professorship in Forensic Science. DeHaan hopes this will solidify a world-class educational program for aspiring criminalists.
Criminalistics attracted not only the scientist in. DeHaan, but also the part of him that wanted to have a positive impact on his world. His bequest to UIC is one example, among the many throughout his impressive career, of doing just that.
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