Loren G. Myhre

Loren G. Myhre, Ph.D.
11 October 1936 – 26 January 2012

As posted on the ForeverMissed.com website


Dr. Loren G. Myhre, beloved father, husband, brother, and friend died peacefully at the age of 75 in his home after a valiant struggle with ALS.  His indomitable spirit was an inspiration to his family and friends.

He led an abundantly rich and full life which was shared enthusiastically with everyone who came into his life. He was born October 11, 1936 in Cloquet, Minnesota to the late Carl Joseph and Edna Ziehl Myhre.  Reared in Mahtowa, Minnesota, Loren Myhre graduated Barnum High School, where he made lifelong friends. He received degrees from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, the University of Oregon, and two doctorates from Indiana University.

An authority on cardiovascular fitness, he made major contributions to the study of environmental stresses on physical performance, most notably the effects of heat during physical exertion and physiological adaptations to altitude.

After a career with the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, he was recruited by Nike to develop an environmental physiology research program at the Nike Sports Research Lab. It was a role he embraced with unprecedented enthusiasm. In his later years he worked with America’s elite distance runners, their coaches, and colleagues who made his work in Oregon the most fulfilling of his career, both professionally and personally.

Dr. Loren G. Myhre is recognized worldwide as an authority in the field of research physiology. Dr. Myhre developed the first program in exercise for Indiana University and went on to develop strategies for training Olympic athletes, fighter pilots, astronauts, firefighters and recent world championship marathon runners. He has authored and coauthored numerous professional publications. His work on high altitude exposure is a classic in its field. In 1983, while working at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, he was named Outstanding Civilian Scientist of the Year. The Air Force Surgeon General adopted his work as the official Air Force fitness training program which has been implemented in several major city police and fire departments in the United States and abroad. Following retirement from the Air Force, Dr. Myhre was recruited to develop an environmental physiology research program at Nike’s world headquarters in Portland, Oregon. For his innovation in performance apparel, he was part of a team presented The Bowerman Team Award for World Cup Football Kits - a very prestigious award given from Nike, in 2002.

Dr. Loren G. Myhre is survived by his wife, Donna Long Myhre, his three children, Melanie Myhre Teer and husband Scott, Loren Bruce Myhre, Julie Myhre Anderson and husband William; grandchildren, Jacob Scott and Gulbrand Maximus Teer, Christina Lauren and William Edwin Anderson, III; brother, Ed Myhre and wife Donna; sister Claire Em Myhre Spoolman and husband Vernon; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews whom he each treasured.