With a heavy heart, I pass along to our readership news of the passing of a Minnesota fisheries “Giant”, Denny Schupp. Dennis passed away on Saturday, November 19, 2016, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Brainerd, Minnesota, at the age of 84 years, 9 months and 21 days.
Known for the excellence of his research in fishery science, Denny worked for most of his professional life as a fisheries research scientist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. In the upper midwest, Denny earned the informal title “Mr. Walleye” for his dedication to “shortening the time between bites” for walleye fishermen. His knowledge and experience extended far beyond the Minnesota State Fish, and he was the recipient of the DNR John B. Moyle Meritorious Service Award and joined a distinguished roster of U. S. and Canadian fishery scientists as a recipient of the Excellence in Fisheries Science Award from the North Central Division of the American Fisheries Society. Denny’s broad grasp of the scientific fisheries literature served him well in his service as an associate editor for the North American Journal of Fisheries Management.
From the perspective of supporters of the National Trout Center, Denny’s work exemplified the very best of scientific research, always inquisitive, as accurate and precise as he could make it, and always directed to making the fishery resources of the upper midwest as enduring and sustainable as possible. Where definitive answers to difficult questions were elusive, Denny would not hesitate to render his best judgement, always reserving the opportunity to revise ideas and conclusions in the light of additional information. Denny’s insight, character, and professional duty were among the pillars of strength contributing to the exceptional professional stature of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in fisheries research and management. He will be long revered.
Additional details of Denny’s life follow in a brief obituary.
Dennis H. Schupp was born on January 28, 1932, in Hamburg, Minnesota. He was the son of Herbert and Cordelia (Stoeckmann) Schupp. Dennis was baptized as an infant on February 7, 1932, by Pastor E. Kolbe and later was confirmed in his faith as a youth on April 14, 1946, by Rev. Alf. Streufert, both at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe, Minnesota. Dennis received his education in Glencoe, Minnesota, graduating with the Glencoe High School Class of 1950. He then attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, graduating in 1955, with a degree in biology. Dennis was drafted into the Navy where he served on an aircraft carrier in the Asian Pacific. Dennis made his home in Glenwood, Baudette and Brainerd before finding his cabin near Pequot Lakes, which he called home for 50 years.
Dennis enjoyed fishing, hunting, golden labs, reading, playing cards, telling stories and listening to music. He also enjoyed sports, especially U of M Gopher’s basketball and football teams and the Minnesota Twins.