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1970s

Robert E. “Bob” Fisher, 1970 - Williamsport, PA; bobfisherhazmat@yahoo.com. “I graduated from the School of Forest Resources in 1970 and from the Department of Plant Pathology in 1972. After working for 32 years with the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection and 21 years as a Navy Reservist, I retired in June 2007. Since then, I’ve ridden my bicycle across the United States twice: San Diego to St. Augustine, and Seattle to Maine.”

John Bearer, 1972 – Camp Hill, PA. John Bearer retired in June 2010 after 36 years of service with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. He is a member of Tau Phi Delta Fraternity and served as vice-chair his senior year. He has been a member of the Society of American Foresters since 1972 and has actively participated as a member of PA’s Western Gateway, Valley Forge (chair), and Keystone (treasurer and chair) chapters.
      From 1974 to 1978 he joined the ecology staff at Evansburg State Park then transitioned to the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, where he acted as service forester for the Forbes and Valley Forge state forests until 1984. In 1985 he moved to DCNR’s central office where he served as the wood utilization specialist, forest planner, forest regeneration specialist, and finally as the wildland fire operations and planning section chief of the Division of Forest Fire Protection within the Bureau of Forestry.
      Directing the Wildland Fire Operations and Planning Section of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry was one of his true passions. John’s father and grandfather were Pennsylvania Forest Fire Wardens and John began using Indian Tanks before he was 10 years old. After graduating from Penn State, John was a firefighter, squad boss, fire plow operator, dozer boss and Incident Commander Type 3. In his section chief role, he coordinated Pennsylvania’s firefighter training and fire investigation programs (including leading Pennsylvania’s Out-of-State Detail Forest Firefighters), supervised five Air Attack Bases, managed the Forest Fire Warden program and played an important role in helping to pass Pennsylvania’s Prescribed Fire legislation.
      Though officially retired, John is currently serving on the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s Southern Area Type 2 Incident Management Team and on the Pennsylvania Type 3 Incident Management Team (Susquehanna). He also just marked and sold a timber sale.
     John comes from a long line of Penn State foresters. Hanging in his home office is a photograph of his late grandfather sitting next to Gifford Pinchot at the 1922 Mont Alto Foresters Convention. (From text provided by Scott Bearer.)

Robert J. Glennon, 1976g – Hobbsville, NC; robertglennon@embarqmail.com. October 2010: “I retired from the federal government in April 2010 after 24 years with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and 6 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. I had an exciting career with 8 moves and work in 20 states from Texas and Oklahoma to the Atlantic coast.”

Susan Cobb Gallagher, 1978 – Conifer, CO; premyodoc@msn.com.