A tribute to the late, great Len Heumann, from former Urbana community development director and forever grateful non-traditional grad student Libby Tyler ...
“I had many inspirational professors in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, where I received my Ph.D. in 2001,” Tyler says, “but I feel most indebted to the late Len Heumann, who was the faculty adviser for the program and an expert in housing.
“I was a nontraditional student, working part-time, and seeking a Ph.D. in mid-life, and a ‘faculty wife’ to boot — so I had some baggage to carry. Len stuck by me for the 10 years I spent in the program by being supportive, loving and kind through it all.
“He showed me that a good heart is the highest and best academic value. My favorite memory of Len was when he performed as ‘Lenny and the Lenettes’ — an irreverent and surprisingly good spoof of a doo-wop style rock band.”