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1920s and 1930s

E. Clyde Pyle, 1926a – Mr. Pyle’s son recently donated “Our Trip thru the European Forests, March 28 - June 13, 1925” to Penn State University Libraries, Special Collections. The book is comprised of 70 pages of notes compiled by Dr. J.V. Hofmann of the Penn State Forest School at Mont Alto. E. Clyde Pyle was a member of the expedition.

Manuel “Manny” Gordon, 1935 – Died July 23, 2009. From Times Leader, 7/26/09: “He was employed by the state Bureau of Forestry between 1939 and 1979, assigned for most of those years as the district forester in Lackawanna County. During the Great Depression, he was in charge of the Civilian Conservation Corps in northeastern Pennsylvania. He served in the U.S. Army, overseeing prisoner of war forestry camps in France during World War II.

“Manny Gordon was most recognized for his television work with WNEP, Channel 16, where he urged everyone to ‘Enjoy! Enjoy! the great outdoors of northeastern Pennsylvania.’ He received the unique honor of having both the Manny Gordon Recreational Site in Lackawanna State Park and the Manny Gordon Pond in McDade Park in Scranton named after him during his lifetime. He was active with multiple civic, religious and environmental organizations.

“Memorial contributions may be made to St Joseph’s Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509, or Temple Israel, 236 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702."

Richard L. Dolton, 1938 – from the executor of his estate: “Mr. Dolton passed away on November 27, 2008 . . . . He remained active and dedicated to the field of forestry throughout his lifetime. Please note his passing in your newsletter, which Mr. Dolton read regularly with great enthusiasm.”

Stanley M. Filip, 1939 – Died May, 26, 2009. From The Forestry Source, July 2009: “From 1939 to 1944 he served as a consulting forester, Works Projects Administration project supervisor, and industrial forester in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WW II and then worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 32 years as a research forester in the Northeastern Forest Experiment Station in Kingston, Pennsylvania, and in Laconia and Durham, New Hampshire. During his career in New Hampshire, he was in charge of experiments at the Bartlett Experimental Forest and was involved in educating many forestry students during almost 25 years there. He also authored many articles on the silviculture of northern hardwoods. He as named SAF Fellow in 1992.”


1940s

S. Gayley Atkinson, 1941 – 90 Foulkeways, Gwynedd, PA 19436-1003.

Richard S. Sartz, 1941 – 3620 Old Vineyard Rd., La Crosse, WI 54601. Mr. Sartz submitted this news in winter 2008; the editor regrets the news was misfiled and not printed until now: “My brother, Jacob P. Sartz, class of 1938, known to his fellow classmates as ‘Tarz’ died on Oct. 23, 2007. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps ‘Flying Cadet Program’ in 1941 and retired from the Air Force as a full colonel in 1961.”

David Robertson, 1942 – Died February 4, 2009. Mr. Robertson and his wife Ruth established the Robertson Family Endowment for the Reestablishment of the American Chestnut in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State in 2000.

Harry E. Murphy, 1943 – 3128 Woodhaven Dr., Birmingham, AL 35243-5715.

Robert “Bob” Early, 1948 and 1949g – 407 Pleasant View Road, Hummelstown, PA 17036-8007. Mr. Early informed us that Marianne Early, his wife of 54 years and a retired nurse, died January 15, 2009. Mrs. Early was also grandmother of Ashlee Early ’07 who is a forester for the state Bureau of Forestry in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania.

Richard C. “Dick” Bedger, 1949 – Died March 25, 2009. From an obituary sent to us by Dick Rossman ’50: “A veteran of WWII, Bedger served in the U.S. Army during the liberation of the Philippines and in the Asiatic Pacific campaign, earning Bronze Stars for each. He was active in the Indiana County Christmas Tree Growers Association, having served as president. He was also a member of the Society of American Foresters and the International Plant Propagation Society. He was involved with the Boy Scouts of America for many years, having received the Silver Beaver Award.”


1950s

Norman Martin, 1950 – 5282 Cidermill Road, Erie, PA 16509; martins@verizon.net

Walter “Dick” Rossman, 1950 – 2282 New Germany Road, Ebensburg, PA 15931. “I passed my 82nd birthday on Jan. 19, 2009. I don’t know how many more there are. My family doctor (the optimist) says many more. Mary and I celebrated our 60th anniversary this year by walking through Egyptian temples and PETRA, Jordan. We met in 1947 when she was a student live-in housekeeper for Dr. and Mrs. Bramble (forestry professor) and I was living at DTS Fraternity on E. Fairmount Ave. We walked many times between E. Fairmount and E. Park Ave. (Bramble’s address). Obesity was not a word in use then.”

In May 2009, Mr. Rossman and other board members of the Stonycreek-Conemaugh River Improvement Project received special recognition at the Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards dinner for reducing the impact of abandoned mine drainage and improving water quality in the Stonycreek and Little Conemaugh watersheds in Cambria and Somerset counties. Rossman started the program in 1985 with the Cambria County Conservation District.

Harold B. Birch, 1951 – 6017 Northbridge Road, Columbia, SC 29206. “I own a small tract of forest land in the headwaters of Town Creek that flows from Bedford County, Pennsylvania, into Maryland and there it joins the Potomac River. The Maryland Forest Service sponsors a calendar with great pictures of Town Creek and its environs. I made a small financial contribution and was listed in the latest calendar as a sponsor by the editor Daniel B. Hedderick, a Maryland forester. I was pleased to learn that he is a Penn State Forestry grad (1993)!”

Mr. Birch had submitted other news in winter 2008 as well; the editor regrets the news was misfiled and not printed until now: “Sad news of George Kemp’s passing. George and Herb Kirkwood, both of the class of 1953, came from Mont Alto to State College in the fall of 1950 to room with four foresters from the class of 1951 in an inexpensive rooming house on East Foster, diagonally across from Acacia Fraternity. The house was owned and run by an old, nearly blind lady, who we knew as ‘Ma’ Harm. She cleaned our three second-floor rooms and three more on the third floor. We dubbed the rooming house ‘Ma’s Dust Bowl’ (MDB for short) for obvious reasons. The class of ’51 foresters who resided there were Bob Czapiewski, Charles Frost, Walt Edinger, and I.”

William C. “Bill” Knechtel, 1951 – Died June 14, 2008. From an obituary sent to us by James McCullough ’51, ’52g: “Knechtel joined the U.S. Army Air Force in 1994. After his service he continued his education, earning the forestry degree at Penn Sate and continuing his post-graduate work at the University of Montana in Missoula. He worked as a forester for the U.S. Forest Service throughout the Northwest, retiring in 1981 after 33 years of service. After his retirement he had a gun-smithing business repairing rifles and shotguns and building complete rifles. He was a member of the Society of American Foresters, the National Rifle Association, and the Oregon Hunters Association.”

Paul “Sunshine” Shogren, 1951 – 1638 Neniruak Dr., Oakland, MD 21550; Shogren2@verizon.net. “After 5 months am still hobbling around, now because of my left kneecap becoming misaligned. Nothing gets simple in old age. Want to encourage my 1951 classmates to send their autobiographies to me ASAPso we can proceed and publish our book this fall. So far, 80% have responded. My new project is to reenact Johnny Appleseed for county 4th graders who come by for a day of Living History of the late 1700s at our local 4-H camp. John Chapman in legend walked the Braddock Road in 1794 or thereabouts on his way to Pittsburgh and Ohio. The road goes through the northern part of our county and Garrett.”

Oscar C. Tissue, Jr., 1951 – 1203 Manchester Drive, Clinton, MS 39056-3532.

John C. Davies, 1952 and 1957g – 655 Willow Valley Sq., Apt. L505, Lancaster, PA 17602-4873.

Henry D. Gerhold, 1952 and 1954g – 816 S. Sparks St., State College, PA 16801; hdg@psu.edu: “Marilyn and I are enjoying retirement. She continues to improve physically after her surgery in December 2007, but we seldom venture far from home. I’m winding up a couple of research projects, and helping the Pennsylvania Forestry Association manage its investments and editing its magazine. If you are not a member you should consider joining this fine organization: http://pfa.cas.psu.edu/.”

Thaddeus “Ted” Yarosh, 1952 – 5160 South Etna St, Klamath Falls, OR 97603-8531; tyarosh@charter.net.

Milton E. Dickerson, 1953 – 715 Glen Rd., Jay, NY 12941. “I can’t say how much I enjoyed being back at Penn State for the SFR Centennial Celebration, April 27, 2007. And after driving 471.5 miles from the High Peaks of the Adirondacks, the first person I met was Rex Melton who called me by name! What a pleasant surprise since the only class work I had with Rex was at Summer Camp in 1952. Please say ‘thanks’ to Rex and extend my best wishes to him. How proud I am to be a Penn State forester and to have had professors like Rex to teach and instruct us. And also thanks to Dr. Henry Gerhold and Mrs. Gerhold whom we sat with at the banquet. Sorry I am so late in expressing my appreciation to them and to all of you in making the celebration an enjoyable one for us. I still practice ‘forestry’ (forest improvements) almost every day on our 130 acres of woodlands with chain saw and tractor at age 79. I do have a helper now—a 4-year-old golden retriever. But she enjoys lunch rather than hearing the chain saw run. My best wishes to all.”

Robert M. Frank, Jr. 1954 and 1956g – 40 Marion Dr., Hampden, ME 04444; marion40@roadrunner.com. “Through the efforts of both Temp Reynolds ’54 and Tony Dorrell ’54, the Mont Alto class of 1950-51 has been brought back together again. About 25 members of this class (calling ourselves ‘Foresters/Old Timers’) are now able to communicate with each other via the Internet or other means by sharing memories, old photographs, and current happenings. Thanks Temp and Tony—job well done!”

Glenn Wiggins, 1954 – 702 Caroline St., Port Angeles, WA 98362-3502; glenn@olypen.com. Mr. Wiggins submitted this news in winter 2008; the editor regrets the news was misfiled and not printed until now: “So pleased to see a photo of Professor Jarrett in the winter 2008 issue. I used to watch him play ping-pong at noon. It was something to see as he took on all challengers with an uncanny style of speed and rhythm, standing way back from the table’s edge. My congratulations to him on his 90th. He looks as sharp as ever.”

Walter A. Hough, 1955 – 109 Gander Way, Hendersonville, NC 28792; walthough@earthlink.net.

Kenneth D. Swartz, 1958 – Died June 15, 2009. From obituary in Patriot-News: “He was retired from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry after working 40 years, having served as the district forester of Michaux State Forest since 1970 until his retirement in 1998. He was a life member of the Pennsylvania Forestry Association, life member of the Pennsylvania Forest Fire Museum Association, and Fellow of the Society of American Foresters. He was awarded the Distinguished Fellows Award from Penn State Mont Alto in June 2008.”

Joseph B. Whitecavage, 1959 – 128 White Horse Lane, Fishers, IN 46038-1623; jbwhitecavage@sbcglobal.net. “Energy Conservation-Safety Thru Corrosion Engineering-Pipeline Integrity & Leakage Control Surveys: Environmental Testing & Analysis of Air, Soil & Water. Serving for over 50 years to ‘Replenish the Earth, and Subdue It:’ Genesis 1:28b. Joe Whitecavage, President, J.B.WHITECAVAGE, LIMITED.”


1960s

Class of 1960 – 50th Reunion

A committee from the Class of 1960 is planning a reunion at Mont Alto, Sunday, June 6 through Tuesday, June 8, 2010. Contact John Feldmeyer ’60 at efeldm@innernet.net or Adam Bulharowski at adam1960@bulharowski.net for details.

Traditional Reunion Weekend at University Park will be June 3-6, and the Class of 1960 will be honored as pioneers. For more info, please call the Penn State Alumni Association at 800-548-LION (5466), option 4 or e-mail alumni-reunions@psu.edu.


Adam Bulharowski
, 1960 – 13469 N. Barlassina Dr., Oro Valley, AZ 85755; adam1960@bulharowski.net. “I often wondered why there are so few entries here from the Class of 1960, then realized that I hadn’t ever posted anything either, so I’d best remedy that situation before complaining about it. After graduation in 1960, I re-matriculated, subsequently graduating in 1962, having earned my degree in EE. I then spent the next 37 years as an engineer with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, and retired in 1999. As you can see from my address, I have become a ‘desert rat,’ having developed a love affair with Arizona when, along with Harry Bowlin ’60, I worked a summer job in 1959 at the Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station in Flagstaff. Bill Stauffer ’60 and Dean Berkey ’60 worked in Arizona that summer also, and the four of us drove out and back to Pennsylvania in Harry’s trusty 1952 Mercury. My love of the outdoors, and of the Forestry and AG sciences has never diluted, and I still roam the Arizona mountains regularly, mostly photographing the beauty that surrounds me. Some of my photography can be seen on my Web site at bulharowski.net. The class of 1960 is currently planning a 50th reunion at Mont Alto in 2010. For details, send me an e-mail.”

John W. Feldmeyer, 1960 – 1402 Social Island Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202; efeldm@innernet.net. “Retired from Letterkenny Army Depot in Oct 1990 after 30 years—18 ½ years and Uncle Sugar is still paying me to stay home. Hunting, keeping after my 3 acres, and volunteer work keep me busy. Kids and grandchildren scattered all over the USA. One grandson in the USMC getting ready for deployment and another entering the Naval Academy in July 2009. Looking forward to our class reunion in 2010. God bless our military.”

Ed Frayer ‘61 has heard from a few alums. As for Ed, he hopes to see some Penn State forestry grads at the SAF National Convention in Orlando, Florida, in November. Send newsletter info for the 1961 class to Ed at edfrayer@hotmail.com or 5009 Harbor Heights, Lady Lake FL 32159; (352) 751-7273. Ed’s Class of 1961 news:

Doc Dinus writes: Greetings from the 4th corner. Winter was long, colder and wetter than average. Snowfall was above average here in the lowlands, but only average or slightly less in our nearby mountains. 

“My darling wife, Linda, suffers from various maladies. All of which, happily, are under control so long as she adheres to prescribed diet and medication. My recent back injuries have proven more serious than anticipated.  Physicians have therefore restricted my physical activities. Not nice. Gone are pleasures such as tilling the garden, beating back the brush, cutting firewood, riding horses, and jumping from aircraft. Who said that aging was easy? Clearly not for wimps!

“Given our physical limitations, both Linda and I have taken to utilize our excess energies to help at our local high school - small and rural. And, we seem to be doing some good and are having a blast along the way. I help with classes, in laboratories, and on field trips. We both also do our best to make FFA activities successful. Our FFA Forestry Team won the state championship again this year - 3rd time a row! All told, we graduate a disproportionate number of students headed to 2- and 4-year universities in science, engineering, human medicine, and vet science. Despite our great showing on the FFA forestry front, however, I have been unable to interest students in forestry. But then, no body is hiring such graduates. Where did we go wrong?

“Many thanks to Ed Frayer for his work on reacquainting us with one another. His prompting to exchange email addresses has, at least in my case, opened a whole new world. I receive and send, regularly, messages from/to a wide variety of classmates and fraternity brothers. Nothing beats starting a morning with notes and jokes from so many of you. Please keep the mail coming and enjoy the returns before it is too late.”

Ron Shields writes: Things are moving along. This winter Addie was diagnosed with Multiple-Myeloma blood plasma cancer. She has been going through treatments in order to get it in remission, so far progress is being made. She has a very positive attitude and we’ve had great support through prayer and help from friends and church members. Otherwise I still volunteer with USGS as scientist emeritus (fancy name for gopher) and operate a hydrology consulting small business, mainly working with Trout Unlimited on instreamflow leases.

“Brian and his family are still in Boise, where he is on National Guard staff as a homeland security expert and started War College this spring. Our daughter Kelly and family are here in Helena where she is the human relations administrator for the state legislative services division. 
 
“Also talked with Warren Mathias (1961 HORT) this spring; he was Best Man at my wedding, almost 48 years ago.”

“From Jim Lacek: The class of 1960 is preparing for a 50th reunion to be held during  the summer of 2010. A number of the class of 1961 are actually members of the class of 1960 - bonded together at Mont Alto in 56-57.  We want Dick Henry, Tony Santoli, Hans Gregerson, Norm Uber, Jerry Magistrella of 1963 and any other strays back.”

Wendall Alcorn. New phone is 828.577.1577; 2017 Deep Woods Dr., Hendersonville, NC 28739. Don’t think I have anything of interest for the world of forestry. After living in the west/desert for many years, and now in North Carolina, I’m often heard commenting on how I can’t see much because of all these damned trees. What a commentary from a forestry major.”

“From Bob Davey: Classmate Merl Waltz died on May 19,2009. Merl was an army veteran and worked over 35 years for the Bureau of Forestry. His last work assignment for the bureau was district forester of the Buchannan Forest District with headquarters in McConnelsburg. In retirement Merl was busy as always. He did research on Fire Towers in Pennsylvania for the Fire Wardens Museum, planted trees on the home farm, planted trees on the Sproul State Forest with PennReleaf, and was even dispatched out West in 2008 with Pennsylvania volunteer specialized fire crew. Merl was always a straight shooter and devoted his life to forest conservation. 

“For myself, retirement is a great gig. To Dinus we are still burning firewood at our place. Splitting and stacking wood is great therapy and a super way to lose aggression. Knotty white oak doesn’t care.”

Bob Stroh writes: Several names (Dinus, Shields, Mathias) are names that I haven’t thought of in years. I just flipped through my Sylvan yearbooks that I have here in the office. Saw lots of young faces with lots of bushy hair.

“I am still here at the University of Florida (GO GATORS!!) as director of the Shimberg Center for Housing Studies (http://www.shimberg.ufl.edu) but plan to retire at the end of December. Physically holding together pretty well for an old man. Aside from some sore joints, I can’t complain. I think it is the result of a young wife and three kids in their mid 20s still living at home that keeps me going.”

Merl J. Waltz, 1961 – Died May 19, 2009. He was a district forester with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in McConnellsburg, retiring in 2002 after 41 years of service.

Leon E. App, 1963 – 5055 Hurop Rd., Sandston, VA 23150, sueandleonapp@comcast.net. “Sue and I are still fully retired. I serve as associate director for Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District. Also active in Boy Scouting as district advancement chair working primarily with Eagle Scout candidates. Treasurer and trustee of Sandston Masonic Lodge #216, and elder and trustee of Sandston Presbyterian Church.

William “Bill” Mitchell, 1963 – 24817 N. 45th Drive, Glendale, AZ 85310. “Had an enjoyable trout fishing experience with Dennis Molli ‘63 in Sedona, Arizona, this February. Also, made contact with Donald Woodruff who started at Mont Alto in 1959, graduated in Wood Utilization in 1965. He is doing well operating his wood office furniture making business in Maine between sailing and taking care of 400 acres of Maine timberland.”

William J. “Bill” Herb, 1968 and 1977g – 1835 Hamlet Place N., Bel Air, MD 21015-1548. “I retired as a hydrologist from the USGS in 2005, but continue to work for Booz Allen Hamilton supporting the Army’s Installation Management Command IT Directorate in its relocation from the D.C. area to San Antonio. I’m working out of Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, and am anticipating joining my wife, who is waiting along with my dog and my boat, at our house on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. My forestry career, working at Nittany Timberlands in State College, lasted for about 2 months before I was drafted. By the time I was discharged, the company had shut down, and I went back to grad school. In 1973, Tom Yorke ’64. ’67g hired me to work with the USGS in College Park, Maryland, and I spent the rest of my career with that organization in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas, Minnesota, and finally back to Maryland again.”

Frank J. Bertrand, 1969 – RR3 Box 266, Towanda, PA 18848; Bertrand@epix.net. “Finally retired from PENNDOT as appraiser for District 3-0. Still retired as Lt. Col USAR. Still performing appraisals of all sorts over the state.”


1970s

James “Jim” Powell, 1972 – 302 Greenhill Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090-2813; james.h.powell@verizon.net.

Steve Resh, 1974 – 104 Sunset Dr., Lavale, MD 21052-1917. Paul Shogren ’51 informed us that Steve Resh, professor and coordinator of forestry education programs at Allegany Community College (ACM) was named a Fellow by the Society of American Foresters. Resh has been an ACM faculty member since 1986 and has been coordinator since 1995.

Gene Odato, 1975 – 154 Polecat Rd., Landisburg, PA 17040; godato@pa.net. “Was awarded a 2008 Distinguished Alumni Fellow, Penn State Mont Alto.”

Earl W. Hower, 1976a – IWLA, 707 Conservation Lane, Gaithersburg, MD 20878; ehower@iwla.org.

David Legerton, 1976 – 1630 Cypress Ridge Dr., Orlando, FL 32825; langarvatn214@yahoo.com. “Currently teaching 5th grade in Orlando. Just became a grandpop. Visited the Nittany Valley and Mont Alto several years ago—it brought back many wonderful memories. Spending my summers traveling around the United State and Canada and teaching aeronautics to kids at summer day camp at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.”

Pete Prutzman, 1977 – 1512 Millcreek Dr., Arkadelphia, AR 71923; pprutzman@kingwoodforestry.com.

Susan Gallagher, 1978 – 9527 Hurty Ave., Conifer, CO 80433-9123; premwyodoc@msn.com.

Valerie (Tate) Zahuranec, 1978 - 300 Lamplighter Drive, Lewisburg, WV 24901-1045. vzahuran@gmail.com. “Recently hired as an English as a Second Language teacher for Greenbrier County School System, Lewisburg, West Virginia. Married to Bill Zahuranec ’77 (billz73@gmail.com). Celebrated our 30th anniversary this past September. Bill is a senior resource forester, Plum Creek Timber Company. Children: Ross (‘07 IST), Diana, Junior, PSU, Anthropology and Italian. We have enjoyed visiting the campus the past 7 years as we transport them back and forth!”


1980s

L. Dale Garges, 1981 and 1983g – 694 South Avenue, Bradford, PA 16701; dalegarges@templeinland.com. “After a number of years in plant management, I have returned to the technical side of the business at Temple-Inland in Mt. Jewett, PA. Our Medium Density Fiberboard plant is doing well in spite of the difficult economic times due to a great team, which is focused on being the lowest cost provider. I have been at this facility since 1995 after leaving Werzalit of America with 12 years service to them as quality and production manager. I have had the opportunity to lead every aspect of the MDF mill from the finishing and shipping area, quality control, process improvement, maintenance, plant manager, and now back to technical director, which is my favorite role. We are very interested in the growth of the wood industry into bio-fuels as we both are users of residual wood both for process furnish and fuel. I would be pleased to hear from anyone regarding this transition. Go STATE!”

Steven W. Koehn, 1983 – 20916 Old York Road, Parkton, MD 21120-9135; swkoehn@comcast.net. “On June 3, Steve Koehn, Maryland State Forester and vice president of the National Association of State Foresters, testified in Washington, DC, before the House Ag Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition, and Forestry. The object of the hearing was to discuss the future of forestry policy in the United States. ‘State Foresters believe it is important to reestablish effective programs that maintain and diversify markets even in difficult budget times,’ said Koehn. ‘Particularly when forests are being called upon to address national climate and renewable energy priorities.’”

Claire Travis, 1983 – 138 Spring Branch Rd., Fort Mill, SC 29715; magee@comporium.net. “I have had a great sales career with Weyerhaeuser’s Fine Paper Division since 1984. I held several territories ranging from the Carolinas, Texas, and initially in Georgia/Alabama. In spring of 2007 we merged with Domtar and I became the sales operations manager for our export efforts. We are currently selling copy paper and printing paper products in Europe, UK, Asia, and Mexico. I have been employed within the Weyerhaeuser system for 23 years and now 2 years with the new Domtar company, which was formed in spring ‘07. My husband is the international sales manager for a small OEM construction equipment company and travels to Europe, Australia, and UK frequently. We have one dog and a great life in small-town South Carolina. Although the paper industry is going through many challenging times with this current economic environment, I feel Domtar is in a good position to weather the storm. I have not been back to State College in over 15 years so I guess it is time for a road trip to see a football game. I do my best to contribute to Penn State’s charitable requests and feel my education has served me very well over the years.  I hope everyone is well from the class of ‘83 Forest Products and would love to hear from fellow alumni!”

Bob Bechtold, 1984 – 19819 Samalga Circle, Eagle River, AK 99577; rbechtold@matsugov.us. “Thanks for the great newsletter from the SFR.  I enjoy the updates and reading about those who are reaping the rewards of their labors of love, such as Dr. Strauss, Dr. Bowersox, and Dr. McCormick. But, it was especially gratifying to read about Dee’s (Delores Breon) retirement.  She was always the smile and greeting that well represented the School of Forest Resources.

“I have been meaning to write for a very long time, but our lives seems to be caught up in all the work, text messages, and daily routine. After graduating with my B.S. in Forest Science in 1984, I worked as a forest technician at the Military Academy in West Point NY. Next, I returned to Happy Valley to continue school, apply for permanent work, and enjoy the football games.

“In 1985, I re-entered the military, this time with the Army, and completed many courses including Officer Candidate School and a few Engineering Officer courses. I served three years in Germany, and three years at Fort Devens Massachusetts. Our best accomplishment in Germany, other than assisting with the winning of the Cold War, was to adopt our daughter Amy. At Fort Devens, our best achievement was that we adopted our son, Robbie.

“Next, we were sent to Alaska in 1992, where we have lived in Eagle River since. From 1992 to 1999, I served as a project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and retired as a Major in 1999. And for the last eight years I have been managing construction of new schools in the Mat-Su Valley in Alaska. We are on our 17th year in Alaska, and I could bore you with pictures of scenery, and fish and animals, but I will not. It does amaze me that I live in such a great place, and I even enjoy the winters, as long as we have one or two escapes and a few hunting trips each winter.

“I did run a few laps around the beautiful new facility just before the 38-6 trouncing of Wisconsin in October 2007, and just one week after the 2007 tailgating at the building. I know it is more than a coincidence for us to stay so close to the Creamery. Great job.”

Heather (King) Jennings, 1989 – 502 E. Boone Ave. #645, Spokane, WA 99258; samandheatherj@yahoo.com. “Moved to Spokane, Washington, 2 ½ years ago. Currently employed by Gonzaga University as a groundskeeper and really like my job!”


1990s

Laurie (Kashuba) Smith, 1992 – 1056 Big Ridge Rd., Oneida, TN 37841; lauriesmith@fs.fed.us. “I am working with my second forester trainee with the Forest Service. It’s odd to think that I am training the next generation of foresters. Work is even more challenging during these difficult economic times. I recently got to catch up with alumna Callie Jo (Pickens) Schweitzer ’95g at a Kentucky-Tennessee SAF meeting where she was presenting. It’s always great to meet up with another Penn Stater.”

Charles C. Choplick, 1993 – 77 Hill Top Rd., Halifax, PA 17032; cchoplick@state.pa.us.


2000s

Jennifer A. Ottenberg, 2000 – 2001 Fitzwarren Place #201, Baltimore, MD 21209; JOttenberg@mde.state.md.us. “I recently accepted a position as a natural resource planner with Maryland Department of the Environment - Wetlands and Waterways Program Tidal Wetlands Section.”

Derald Hay, 2003 and 2007g – 303 Prescott Drive, Chester Springs, PA 19345; dhay@foxrothschild.com. “I am a lawyer at the law firm Fox Rothschild, LLP with a practice focused on environmental law, regulatory compliance, and real estate transaction.”

Nathan R. Bosic, 2003 – Died May 5, 2009. As a student in the School of Forest Resources, Nathan worked in the Natural Resources Extension Office. After graduation, he worked with the Pennsylvania Hardwood Development Council’s Woodmobile and later the Georgia Land Trust. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, a former cabinetmaker, and owner of Bosic Photographic Services. His mother, Donna Brummert, is compiling “happy memories of Nathan” for a memory book; notes can be sent to her at deliz66@atlanticbb.net.

Rebecca Miller, 2005 – 4527 Chestnut St., Bethesda, MD 20184-4740. In June, Rebecca was the host for a group of Penn Staters at the National Zoo in Washington, DC, where she works with California sea lions, grey seals, American beavers, North American river otters, Mexican wolves, and brown pelicans.


In Memoriam

Manuel “Manny” Gordon, 1935
died July 23, 2009

Ross H. Mellinger, 1936
died October 12, 2008

Tony Delsardo, 1937
died November 20, 2003

Marshall T. Augustine, 1938
died September 25, 2008

Richard L. Dolton, 1938
died November 27, 2009

Stanley M. Filip, 1939
died May 26, 2009

James E. Wilkinson, Jr., 1939
died June 30, 2008

John E. Griffith, 1941
died September 18, 2008

Joseph B. Paul, Jr., 1942
died March 6, 2009

David Robertson, 1942
died February 4, 2009

George F. White, Jr., 1948
died March 5, 2006

Richard C. “Dick” Bedger, 1949
died March 25, 2009

Alan N. Schmidt, 1950
died January 3, 2008

Frank Klimavicz, 1951
died October 7, 2002

William C. Knechtel, 1951
died June 14, 2008

Kenneth D. Swartz, 1958
died June 15, 2009

Merl J. Waltz, 1961
died May 19, 2009

Eugene E. Long, 1971
died May 9, 1998

Nathan R. Bosic, 2003
died May 5, 2009