Earlier this week I learned Mike Czechanski, a longtime Cartographer at the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey and former supervisor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Cartography Lab, died on March 30th. The following was posted on the WGNHS Website:
“We are saddened to report the passing of Michael Lee Czechanski, who retired from the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey in 2008. Mike began working at the Survey in 1969 as a Geographic Information Specialist and was a Senior Cartographer when he retired. CZ, as he was called at the Survey, was a member of the Geographic Names Commission, an active member of the Wisconsin Land Information Association, a reviewer of USGS topographic maps, and a co-author of The Atlas of Wisconsin (1974). Mike was here for the beginning of the digital revolution in spatial data and he took the lead in the Survey’s transition to digital cartographic production and archives. Mike passed away on March 30, 2015. Our condolences go out to his family and to the rest of his friends.”
The SCO also wishes to express our appreciation for all that Mike did for WGNHS and UW-Madison, and our sympathies go out to his family and friends.