Neosho National Fish Hatchery Says Farewell to Inspiring Leader
BY KATIE STEIGER-MEISTER REGIONAL OFFICE - EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
David Hendrix (center) retired as project leader from Neosho National Fish Hatchery on July 22, 2016. Credit: USFWS.
A pillar at Neosho National Fish Hatchery in Missouri for the past 26 years of his career, David built and led the Neosho team who to-date are responsible for successfully growing and stocking thousands of pallid sturgeons and Topeka shiners into the waters of the Midwest. Their efforts earned the 2015 Recovery Champions award, one of the Service’s highest honors. In addition to his success at rearing iconic fish species, David’s warm and welcoming nature gave him the invaluable ability to build and nurture relationships with a wide array of partners both within the Service and externally with state agencies, non-governmental organizations and academia.
For more than 40 years Hendrix, with his signature cowboy hat and friendly smile, helped to educate the public on the role of national fish hatcheries in the recovery of iconic freshwater species, such as the pallid sturgeon. Credit: USFWS
As a leader, mentor and friend to many, David Hendrix will be missed. Join us in celebrating his career and in wishing him the very best in retirement!