University of Washington College of Forest Resources Alumni Association
Thanks to all who joined us at our CFR Alumni Association Annual Banquet on November 2, 2001. The banquet was a huge success, with over 100 of you participating. I enjoyed meeting many alumni and sharing stories with those of you whom I know. Thanks to CFR Professor Emeritus Grant Sharpe for bedazzling us with his slides and stories, and thanks also to Andy Gary, Stan Humann, ’60, and Kelley Duffield for making the evening something special. Gordon Bradley’s beautiful drawing of Anderson Hall on the ceramic wall hanging given to each of us was a wonderful gift and a nice memento of our college. Please mark Friday, November 1st on your 2002 calendars, for next year’s banquet. I’d love to see over 200 alumni join us in 2002!
Plans for the 2002 Arbor Day Fair to be held on May 1st–3rd are well underway. Invitations have been sent to local teachers and a drawing will be held on February 2nd to determine which 2,100 students will be able to attend. We have many more students interested in attending than we can accommodate and must turn away several hundred students each year. As I mentioned at our banquet, the two key elements that make our fair such a success are the CFR faculty, staff, and students who design and lead the learning stations, and you, our alumni volunteers. Once again, I need your help in making our seventh annual Arbor Day Fair another smashing success. Please give one day of your time (8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on May 1, 2, and/or 3) and help the children in our community learn about the TREEmendous forest story. Our volunteer registration form is included in this issue. Come witness the joy of learning!
Colleen Ponto, '81
On his return visit to Prague this past Spring, Hal Cook, ‘49, was well-treated, well-fed, and invited to bring along his spouse, Jeanne. The last time he was in the region, he was desperate for a chance to escape, which he did, and which was one reason he was invited back.
Hal, a forest engineering graduate, was asked last winter to review the script for a proposed film, the fictional story of a Harvard law student-turned-POW who must defend an African-American airman accused of murder before a jury of fellow American prisoners. The film is set in a fictional Nazi concentration camp, Stalag Luft XII. Then in January, Hal received a call to travel to Prague to serve as an on-site military advisor for the shooting of the movie.
Titled Hart’s War, the film is based on a book written by John Katzenbach, whose father was a POW alongside Hal at Stalag Luft III, a camp for Allied forces officers located near the German/Polish border. The film features actors Bruce Willis, Colin Farrel, and Terrence Howard. It is produced by David Ladd and directed by Gregory Hoblit.
Hal Cook, ’49, with wife Jeanne on the set of Hart’s War. Hal served as an advisor for the film, which stars Bruce Willis. (photo courtesy of Hal Cook)
Hal’s POW experience began in May of 1944 when as a U.S. B-24 bomber navigator he was shot down near Wiener Neustadt, Austria. He was captured by Nazi troops after wandering the Austrian countryside for five days. He suffered two weeks of interrogation by the Nazis, then was moved to Stalag Luft III where he joined nearly 15,000 prisoners for nine months.
With the threat of advancing Russian troops, the POWs were forced to leave the camp on foot. They marched for four brutally cold days and Hal said 400 men, both prisoners and Germans, died during the march. After several additional marches and train trips, where prisoners were packed in boxcars, Hal had finally had enough and decided to make his escape. He said he managed to hide some food and a small map he had acquired, and slowly worked his way to the tail of the 20-mile long line of prisoners, where he faded from the group. He hid in barns and outbuildings, traveling alone and at night, swimming across rivers in the cold weather, and hoping he was heading in the right direction.
He said he finally crossed what he thought was the Rhine River and dragged himself into Switzerland, only to see a man in what appeared to be a German uniform. Fortunately, it turned out to be a passing Swiss mail carrier, who assisted the exhausted, starving, and barbed-wire cut American. Hal returned to New York City by ship, arriving on May 29, 1945, his 21st birthday.
For Hart’s War, an entire camp had to be designed and built. Prior to filming, Hal was asked to inspect the sets for authenticity and he noted several structures had to be rebuilt to appear as they did in the 1940s. Hart’s War is scheduled to be released in mid-February of 2002.
Hal is currently chairman emeritus of Stanley T. Scott & Company and is a risk management consultant. He lives with his wife, Jeanne, in Mercer Island, WA, and at their home in Sun Valley, UT.
Some of the information for this article first appeared in a feature on Hal Cook in the April 2001 issue of the Idaho Mt. Express and has been reprinted here with permission.
• Ken Wright ’48‘s graduation was postponed from l942 because of WWII. He earned his M.S. from Duke University in l950. Ken is now retired from the USDA Forest Service and lives near Tualatin, OR, a suburb of Portland. He grows a few hundred noble fir Christmas trees for sale on five acres.
• Bob Torheim, ’48, retired as regional forester for the USDA Forest Service at Missoula, MT.
• Ed Graham, ’50, retired from the USDA Forest Service in 1980. Since that time he has worked with the Sunriver, OR Fire Department for nine years, worked in the Sunriver Golf Courses for nearly ten years, and worked on the U.S. census for two years. He and his wife Patti have been married 56 years. Ed writes, “During most of the time we have lived at Sunriver, I worked on the National Ski Patrol at Mt. Bachelor. I gave up ski patrolling a couple of years ago, but we still ski at least one day per week. And I still keep up my interest in forestry matters. I helped develop the Sunriver Forest Plan a few years back, which we are now involved in revising. Currently I am helping prepare Sunriver’s response to a significant forest management plan being proposed by the Deschutes National Forest.”
• Neal Roger Scott, ’59, B.S., forest management, worked for the WA Department of Natural Resources (six years), Cascade Pole Co. (seven years), and then in 1975 started his own business, Silva Tree Management. At age 64, “I am still at it. Most of my time is now spent in publishing and selling subscriptions to a commercial newsletter, the Washington and Oregon Log Market Reports.” Neal also recently began serving as an educational speaker for the Western Hardwood Association, giving group presentations on red alder management. He plans to work for about two more years, “and then—fishing, stamp collecting, and resting.”
• Ben Harrison, ’66, showed his support of CFR faculty members by presenting them with awards. He prepared two handcrafted plaques to Bob Gara and Chad Oliver in appreciation for their extraordinary professorial work. For Chad Oliver, he created a polished burl with brass plaque honoring Chad’s service with CFR and his reforestation efforts in the Pacific Northwest.
• John L. Perry, ’74, left the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission in September 2001 after serving six “very interesting and rewarding” years on the state policy- and regulation-setting body. He previously held various forestry positions in a 22-year career with International Paper (IP) Company’s Oregon operations until IP “cut out and got out” in 1996. He is currently staying busy overseeing construction of his new home on 10 ridge-top acres in the Coast Range southwest of Junction City, OR.
In Memoriam ...
Robert W. Johnson, ’39
• Cassie Phillips, ’76, along with other panelists, appeared before the WA Board of Natural Resources on November 6, 2001. The Board asked the panelists to comment on their views about sustainable forestry. Comments can be found at http://news.theolympian.com/stories/20011107/SouthSound/134154.shtml.
• Reese Martin, B.S. ’78, M.S. ’82, writes, “My environmental engineering consulting practice remains profitable, mostly helping clients with power plant permitting issues. We purchased a house on McClain flats in Aspen, CO this past spring. I spent the summer and fall doing extensive remodeling. We also are building a ski cabin on our property above McClure Pass. The cabin is adjacent to some of the best ski mountaineering terrain in Colorado. We skied it, hiked it, and chased elk in the nearby area. My wife, Charlotte Fox, is back ski patrolling at Snowmass for her 20th season.”
• Steven Anderson, ’79, M.S., forest soils, is president and CEO of the Forest History Society, Durham, NC. He chairs arrangements for the SAF 2002 National Convention in Winston-Salem, NC, October 5-9, 2002. He looks forward to seeing a great showing from UW alumni, students, and faculty at the convention.
• Melinda Moeur ’91, Ph.D., forest resources, reports, “One year ago, I left the Rocky Mountain Research Station after 20 years and relocated with my family to Region 6 in Portland, OR. I serve as team leader for monitoring of Late-Successional and Old-Growth (LSOG) forest in the range of the Northern spotted owl in Washington, Oregon, and California. My position is as a team member of an Interagency Monitoring Program, which is charged with long-term evaluation of the success of the Northwest Forest Plan in protecting and enhancing LSOG forest and related species.”
• DJ Miller, ’95, forest management, has been working as the academic advisor for the UW Department of Industrial Engineering for the last three years. He enjoys traveling, and over the last year has made trips to Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Sweden, and Great Britain.
• Jim Ballweber, ’82, at the King County Department of Development and Environmental Services (DDES), reports that Greg Poels, M.S. ’96, works in the Site Development Services Section. “With Greg’s prior experience as a fisheries biologist with the USDA Forest Service, and his further education at CFR, he is invaluable in assessing the potential impacts of timber harvest and development on fisheries resources in the urbanizing areas of King County,” Jim notes.
• Charley Moyer, ’96, forest management, took a new position and promotion to “area forester” with Simpson Timber Company in Tillamook, OR.
• Charis Olmsted (now Keller), ’98, conservation of wildland resources, is currently involved in several community and neighborhood groups. She serves on the City of Spokane Plan Commission and also on the board of directors for the conservation organization, The Lands Council. Charis recently joined the community planning and design firm, Studio Cascade, in downtown Spokane. In addition, she also manages a landscaping company and architectural studio with her husband.
|Andy Gary, Alumni Relations Coordinator, will be leaving CFR in January to take on the new role of stay-at-home mom. Todd Score, B.S. ’91, CFRAA board member, will be taking over Andy’s duties as the alumni newsletter contact person.|
The Paper Recycling station offers participants a hands-on opportunity to make paper from recycled material.
Planning for the 2002 Arbor Day Fair is underway. This wildly successful event brings over 2,000 kindergarten through third grade students to CFR each year. In 1999, the Fair won the National Arbor Day Foundation Celebration Award. CFR alumni involvement, enthusiasm, and support make this exceptional event possible.
We need alumni to staff the learning stations that let children experience many aspects of forestry and related sciences. Volunteers will assist with hands-on activities and demonstrations such as the water cycle, paper recycling, composting, and harvest operations. No experience is necessary—we will train you! This is a great opportunity to participate in a unique educational program and get reacquainted with fellow alumni.
We need volunteers on campus each day of the Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. We will provide a sandwich lunch, as well as morning coffee and pastries, to all volunteers. The CFRAA appreciates any support you can provide, and especially thanks those who have been so generous with their time volunteering at the six previous Arbor Day Fairs.
2001 CFRAA Arbor Day Volunteer Form
Phone: Day: (_____) ____________ Evening: (_____) _____________
p Yes - I can help at the Arbor Day Fair! I am available on the following day(s): (8:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.).
p Wednesday, May 1 p Thursday, May 2 p Friday, May 3
p No - I am unable to help this year.
If you would like to call in your volunteer time reservation, or for more information, please call Ellen at (206) 685-4485, ext. 242 (Seattle), (253) 522-4485, ext. 242 (Tacoma), or (360) 832-6534, ext. 242 (Eatonville); or email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (360) 832-3613.
Areas I would like to help out with are (please check at least three options):
Return this form to:
Ellen McKinley, Arbor Day Fair Coordinator
|Joseph Smith, ’51, and Phyllis Smith, ’51 (Nursing) join members of the classes of 1941, 1951, and 1961 on October 20th at the UW Faculty Club.||MaryAnna Powers ’48, (Education), Francis Powers, Jr., ’51, and Jerry Monahan, ’51, enjoy learning about fellow alums during the reunion introductions.|
|Diane Wheeler Vernon and Jim Vernon, ’61, enjoy the reunion lunch prior to the Homecoming football game.||
Sylvia Whitman Baird, ’54 (A&S), Roger Baird, ’51, and Richard Rising, ’51 listen to welcome remarks by Acting Dean Bruce Bare.
Photos by Linda Kaye
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Combining the CFR Quarterly with the Washington Forester for the past few months has proved successful and will continue. However, because of budget limitations, only dues-paying CFR alumni, including life members, will receive all four issues each year. All CFR alumni will receive the winter and summer issues, with dues-paying members additionally receiving the fall and spring issues. And don't forget! current and past issues of the CFR Quarterly are available for viewing on the Web at http://www.cfr.washington. edu. To continue receiving all four issues so you don't miss out on upcoming CFR alumni events, fill out the form above and return it with your annual dues.
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