It is with great sadness that the department announces the passing of our friend and colleague, Tim “Wizard” Hoyt. In 2013, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and he retired in 2014 after 30+ years of teaching chemistry. The Wizard was known for his entertaining Magic Shows that demonstrated his love of chemistry to audiences of all ages with stories and dynamic chemical changes, smells, and loud explosions. He performed his last Magic Show in October of 2013 to over 1000 people.
Tim’s primary responsibilities were as a lab instructor across the spectrum of introductory and sophomore courses, where his enthusiasm and dedication contributed strongly to student learning. He perennially supervised more than two dozen lab course assistants, providing safety training, and preparation for lab support.
Tim graduated from Western Washington University in 1974 with a bachelor of arts in Education and a bachelor of science in Chemistry. He went on to earn a master of science in Chemistry from the University of Washington in 1976, completing a thesis on synthesis of muscimol and related compounds. Prior to joining Puget Sound in 1989, Tim taught at Eastern Washington University (1976-1980); Seattle Central Community College, John Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine, University of Washington, Bellevue Community College, Shoreline Community College and High Community College (1980-1987); Pierce College (1987-1989); and Green River Community College (1989-1990).
His C.V. lists one other position, perhaps the one he loved the most, that being “Wizard” (1978-2013) – for most of the aforementioned colleges and universities as well as the Western Washington State Fair, Pacific Science Center, Steilacoom Arts Festival, and many other public and private schools. He described these educational presentations as “using chemistry and science demonstrations and ‘tricks’ to instruct and illustrate various science concepts for all levels from preschool to adult groups.” Tim was an ambassador to the community, spreading his infectious enthusiasm for chemistry everywhere he went. His Halloween Magic Shows were among the best attended events on campus.
Tim’s primary responsibilities were as a lab instructor in Chemistry, across the spectrum of introductory and sophomore courses, where his enthusiasm and dedication contributed strongly to student learning. He perennially supervised more than two dozen lab course assistants, providing safety training, and preparation for lab support.
Upon his retirement in 2014, Tim continued to serve those around him, for example, his involvement with the Tacoma ALS Walk, his continued support of student events such as the Department’s Annual Cider Squeeze, and SAACS Activities.