Rangers in the Glacier National Park discovered the body of missing Idaho State University professor. The music professor, George Calvin Adams, was 77 years old.
Adams was staying at a guest ranch in Kalispell. The owners of the guest ranch reported him missing after Adams did not return from hiking. On June 29, park authorities discovered Adams’ vehicle on the Inside North Fork Road.
Flathead County Sheriff Search and Rescue and Two Bear Air Rescue joined Glacier National Park Search and Rescue in the search. As many as 50 personnel helped in the search efforts.
Two Bear Air discovered Adams’ body in the Hidden Meadow Area south of Polebridge, according to KTVH. The search and rescue squad found his body in an inaccessible area. However, after bringing a coroner to the location, they managed to remove the body.
The investigation into the incident continues. It remains unknown how Adams died. According to the Idaho State Journal, authorities do not suspect an animal attack.
Missing Idaho State University Professor’s Colleagues Speak Out
Before his passing, Adams worked as an instructor of bassoon and musicology at ISU. According to the University, Adams once served as the conductor of the Idaho Falls Symphony. They continued by adding that he was an accomplished musician.
Thom Hasenpflug, chair of music and director of performing arts, spoke about Adams. “In the classroom he remained student-focused, and was known for a big heart and always making the time to offer help,” Hasenpflug said. In conclusion, he said, “We will miss George greatly.”
According to his colleagues, Adams enjoyed taking photographs as much as playing an instrument. Michael Helman, ISU music professor, says Adams held a deep appreciation for the beauty of the Glacier National Park. “He went to the glacier every year,” Helman said. “From what the authorities have told us there were loons and swans on the lake (at Glacier National Park) and knowing George, he would do anything to get the photograph.”