Known for his energy and enthusiasm, and the ability to stir up a room, Hugh Harper was a charismatic figure in the Wisconsin Land Information Association (WLIA). Sadly Hugh passed away on Wednesday July 10, 2019, at the age of 77, after a long and hard fought battle with liver disease.
As part of WLIA, Hugh was a member of the Board of Directors from 1997 through 2000. He did a lot for Wisconsin’s land information program throughout his time with the organization. He was a key player & contributor in the activities that led to the first orthophoto consortium in the State.
Hugh was an easy going guy, no nonsense and humorous. He had some great stories. He was always interested in what others thought and was great at gathering ideas and input from those in a small group or in a room full of people at a WLIA Town Hall meeting. Hugh was known for his straightforwardness, never shying away from a discussion and always willing to debate on a topic with passion. Hugh was a staunch supporter of land records modernization, and during a time in the State when there was not the communication and trust between WLIA & DOA that we currently enjoy, Hugh was fierce and relentless in his pursuit of transparency.
Hugh will be deeply missed and fondly remembered. He was a true champion for the cause and pursuit of modernizing land records in the State of Wisconsin, and a great guy to get to know. Our thoughts and prayers go out to The Harper Family and all who were privileged to call him a friend.
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Hugh Harper’s obituary can be found at https://obituaries.lacrossetribune.com/obituary/hugh-harper-1075819739
State Cartographer’s Office write up
Founded in 1987, WLIA is a grassroots organization representing a collection of concerned professionals working to develop, maintain, and apply a network of statewide land information systems.
We are united by an interest in land records modernization, GIS, and related technologies, and by the need for government policies and programs that support their efficient and effective application.