K.-Peter Lade, 67, professor, pioneer in research using satellite images

April 02, 2001|By Laura Lippman | Laura Lippman,SUN STAFF

K.-Peter Lade, a professor of anthropology at Salisbury State University who received international attention for his work in computer imaging, died Tuesday at University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 67 and lived in Salisbury.

Mr. Lade, who died of complications from internal bleeding, became ill in Germany last fall and was hospitalized there for several months before being transferred to the hospital in Baltimore.

"Peter was both a colleague and a friend, and he had a wonderfully broad perspective on the issues facing higher education in Maryland," said University System of Maryland Chancellor Donald N. Langenberg. "His insight and advice were highly valued."

Born in Kohlberg, Germany, Mr. Lade had been at Salisbury State since 1974 and was considered a pioneer for his work involving international satellite research.

He began his academic career at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in anthropology. His dissertation and early research centered on the neolithic culture of Germany.

At Salisbury State, he taught courses in physical and cultural anthropology, as well as archaeology. Working with his wife, he began focusing his research on ethnic minorities of the Eastern Shore.

He was fascinated with research technology, including the use of computers and images from space, which could be used to identify archaeological sites threatened by erosion or development.

In 1986, he founded the Image Processing and Remote Sensing Center at Salisbury State, and served as the center's director through 1996. Computer techniques developed by Mr. Lade and his students led to contracts with natural-resource agencies throughout the Middle Atlantic states. The center generated almost $1 million in contracts in a three-year period, mostly from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

He remained committed to campus life at Salisbury State, setting up an exchange program with Technical University of Berlin. He also set up the school's Faculty Senate, serving as its president in 1999-2000. He served on 11 committees within the university and the University of Maryland system.

He received one of the university system's highest honors in 1999, when he was chosen as the Wilson H. Elkins professor.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Salisbury State's Guerrieri University Center.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Lade; a son, Paul Lade of Princess Anne; and a daughter, Margaret Reed-Lade of Austin, Texas.

Donations may be made to the SSU Foundation Inc. for the K.-Peter Lade Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 2655, Salisbury, Md., 21902.

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