- Ph.D., Indiana University
- M.S., Miami University of Ohio
- B.S., Miami University of Ohio
- Environmental geology
- Earth science education
Dr. Richard Passero joined the Western Michigan University faculty in 1966. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Miami University of Ohio and a doctorate from Indiana University. He has been a leader in earth science education at WMU and throughout Michigan. Passero was a founder of the Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association. When, in the early 1970s, interest waned in earth science education as a discipline, Passero received a sabbatical to study at Stanford University, the United States Geological Survey, and the Bay Area Study. No sabbatical was ever worth more to a university and its students; Passero not only became one of the country’s leading environmental geologists, he used his knowledge and talents to establish several important environmental projects at Western. In addition, Passero has played a key role in the preparation of the Hydrogeologic Atlas of Michigan for underground injection control. He developed the Institute for Water Sciences, served as its first director, and has done much to bring credit to the Institute. He is internationally recognized for his many achievements but is best known for AQUIPRO, a system for evaluating aquifer vulnerability, and for the physical groundwater model he developed. It was most fitting that he received the Michigan Association of Governing Boards teaching award in 1992-93.