The man killed in a glider crash on Saturday near the Blair Airport is identified as Dr. Michael Boska of Glenwood, Iowa. Officials say the accident happened during takeoff and he was alone in the glider. The crash is currently under investigation by the FAA and the Transportation Safety Board.
Dr. Boska served as a professor in the University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Radiology as the director of the bio imaging core and vice chairman of radiology research and worked to develop improved disease detection methods.
“The loss is tremendous on multiple levels,” said friend and collaborator, Howard Gendelman, M.D., professor and chair of the department of pharmacology and experimental neuroscience. “We learned from an early age that the world stands on three pillars – the pursuit of knowledge, kindness to others and hard work with devotion to cause.”
Dr. Boska joined UNMC in February 2000, and collaborated with many on campus, most notably the neuroscience community as his research focused on the development and application of magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy methods. He was co-investigator on numerous grants and was an active published scholar. In 2012, he was named one of UNMC’s Distinguished Scientists.
Hand gliding was a hobby of Dr. Boska and as a pilot he had flown hang gliders with and without power for nearly 40 years.
Dr. Boska is survived by his wife, Margaret, son Dan of Glenwood, step-daughter Dr. Melissa Mellon of Plattsmouth, granddaughter Savannah and many extended family members.
A celebration of life service will be Friday, May 19th at 11 a.m. at the Malvern Community Center. A memorial has been established at the Glenwood State Bank to fund a scholarship for a UNMC graduate student.