After almost 30 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 15 years of them spent at the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, ERDC Environmental Laboratory (EL) deputy director Dr. Michael Passmore will retire in June.
Passmore earned a bachelor’s in 1974 and a master’s in 1977, both in wildlife science from Oregon State University. In 1977, Passmore was awarded a fellowship at the Rob & Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation in South Texas to support dissertation research for a doctorate at Texas A&M University, work he completed in 1982 on the ecology of common ground doves. While working on his degree, he accepted a wildlife biologist position with the Walla Walla District, which began his Corps career. He went on to become the chief of the Environmental Resources Branch in that district.
On a developmental assignment at ERDC’s EL from 1991 to 1992, Passmore got his first taste of the Vicksburg facility. He returned in 1996 to become the chief of what is now the Ecological Resources Branch. In 2005, after a temporary detail as the Ecological and Engineering Division chief, he was selected as the acting deputy director of EL. Two years later the position was made permanent.
Over the course of his career, Passmore has provided leadership to The Wildlife Society, serving in variety of positions, and was a member of the National Military Fish and Wildlife Association (NMFWA), where he served as president and vice-president. Awards include the NMFWA Education Outreach Achievement Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award. He was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate by the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University and the Corps has awarded him Supervisor of the Year, Team of the Year and the Superior Civilian Service Award.
He also instructed the Army Leadership Education and Development Course for six years, training more than 150 ERDC, MVD and MVK employees.