Paul Humann, a renowned figure in the diving industry as the co-founder of New World Publications and the Reef Environmental Education Foundation, has passed away at the age of 86. He died peacefully at his home in Davie, Florida, surrounded by loved ones.
Humann’s journey began in Wichita, Kansas, where he graduated from Wichita High School North in 1956. He pursued his passion for biology at Wichita State University, where he graduated in 1960. Following this, he continued his education at Washburn Law School, earning his Juris Doctor degree in 1964. He practiced law in Wichita for seven years before rising to become a partner in one of the state’s largest law firms.
Despite his success in law, Humann’s true passion lay beneath the waves. While still in law school, he discovered the world of diving and underwater photography. His early underwater photographs caught the attention of Skin Diver Magazine, where they were featured in the ‘Fish of the Month’ series. He furthered his involvement in the diving community by joining the Underwater Society of America, eventually serving as Vice-President of Photography and organizing the organization’s first national underwater photo contest.
Humann’s contributions to marine education and conservation are immeasurable. He co-founded New World Publications, which produced the acclaimed Reef Fish Identification series of books, and the Reef Environmental Education Foundation. Through these endeavors, he worked tirelessly to promote awareness and appreciation for the ocean’s ecosystems.
The diving industry mourns the loss of a pioneer and visionary. Paul Humann’s legacy will continue to inspire future generations of divers and conservationists alike.