Editor: Gary Shirley


UWAA Liaison Zaheeda Ramji



Washington Forester is published by the College of Forest Resources Alumni Association for its members.

For more information on the College of Forest Resources and University of Washington Alumni Association, please call (206) 543-0540, or 1-800-AUW-ALUM outside the Seattle area.


President’s Report

Gene L. Chase, ’67

Dear Alumnus,

We have a busy year ahead of us. Scheduled events are the Arbor Day Fair (April 29, 30, and May 1) and Garb Day (May 15). I encourage you to spend one of these days with the UWCFRAA. The experience will be rewarding and will give you a chance to:

  • Get back to campus and mix with classmates.
  • "Give back" to the University.
  • Visit with the College of Forest Resources faculty and see how things are ever-changing.

And, remember, for those of you who have grandkids, you know at the end of the day the grandkids go home. It’s the same with these two events ... the kids go home!

So again, I encourage you to become involved with the UWCFRAA and spend one day. If you need a specific reason, reread the reasons above, and pick one!

Please contact Zaheeda Ramji, at 1-800-AUW-ALUM for information on these two events.

Gene L. Chase

Upcoming Events

  • Arbor Day Fair
    April 29, 30, and May 1,
    9:30 - 3 pm
    Anderson Hall Courtyard
  • Research Showcase
    May 7, 3 - 5 pm
    CUH Douglas Classroom
  • CUH Open House
    May 7, 10 am - 5 pm
    May 8, 10 am - 3 pm
  • Garb Day at Pack Forest
    May 15, from 11 am
  • Alumni Board Meeting
    May 15, 10 am
    Pack Forest
  • Commencement Brunch
    June 12, Time to be announced

Newsletters Combine

On a trial basis, the Washington Forester newsletter is joining with the CFR Quarterly, previously an internal CFR publication, to bring you an expanded newsletter providing more information about CFR. Let us know if you like this new arrangement! Due to the untimely death of Steve Archie, no fall 1998 issue of the Washington Forester was published. Therefore we are including some items, especially in Alumni Hearsay, relating to early 1998. The CFRAA is looking for a volunteer to assist with the alumni pages of this combined newsletter. If you are able to help, please call Zaheeda at (206) 685-9278.

Class of 1938 Holds 60th Reunion

Seven members of the class of 1938 met at Pack Forest on May 16,1998 to mark the occasion of their 60th reunion. Along with spouses and friends, they joined with other alumni for the Spring Picnic and the CFR students’ Garb Day festivities. Class members received an update on CFR from Dean David Thorud. Many stories were shared along with photos from student days. The 1938 grads attending were Richard. F. Goodall, William D. Hagenstein, Jack G. Heintzelman, Charles H. Neth, Paul N. Vance, James W. Ridgeway, and Frederick B. Rosmond.

Volunteers Needed for Arbor Day Fair

The fourth annual Arbor Day Fair, an alumni activity held in conjunction with CFR, will take place on April 29, 30, and May 1, 1999. Some 2,400 elementary students along with teachers and scouts will visit the fair. Alumni serve as guides, help at display booths, and meet other needs. The1997 Arbor Day Fair received two national awards from the Council For Advancement and Support of Education; one included a monetary award of $500 that was added to our alumni scholarship fund.

Please help make this year’s fair a big success! The kids are depending on you to be there at least one day to share your career with them. Your help is greatly needed. To volunteer, please call Ellen McKinley at (206) 685-4485 XT 215.


CFRAA Honors Archie and Hanley


Your alumni association held its 1998 annual business meeting on November 20, 1998 at Anderson Hall. President Gary Shirley, ’55, and Executive Secretary Stan Humann, ’60, reported on CFRAA activities. Dean David Thorud updated alumni regarding CFR.

Elections were held for the 1999-2000 CFRAA Board. New officers are: President, Gene Chase, ’67, 1st VP, Colleen Ponto, ’81, 2nd VP, Dale Cole, ’55, Ph.D. ’63, and Treasurer, Tom Friberg, ’70, Ph.D. ’76. Newly elected Trustees in Position No. 2 are: Dave Thomas, ’41, M.S. ’48, Jack Krystad, ’53, Bob Alverts, ’66, Lloyd Hammerstad, ’69, M.S. ’70, Dave Briggs, Ph.D. ’80 and J. Cameron Crump, ’97. Following the business meeting, alumni attended the Research Showcase on Forest Health held in the Lockwood Forest Club Room.

The evening banquet was held at the Faculty Club. Guest speaker Professor James Agee’s illustrated talk on fire in the forest was enjoyed by all. President Gary Shirley presented the 1998 Honored Alumnus Award posthumously to Steven G. Archie, class of 1966. When Steve passed away on June 15, 1998 our CFR family lost a great and dear friend.

Steve was born in Hattisburg, MS and attended school in Seattle. He graduated from Blanchet High School in 1962 and from the College of Forest Resources in 1966. Shortly after graduation, Steve began a career with CFR, first as staff forester, and then as the college lands manager, college administrator, and, prior to his retirement in 1995, as special assistant to the dean. At the same time, he was very active in the CFRAA, serving as our conduit for information regarding activities at the College as well as the activities of students and alumni. For many years he was either editor or associate editor of the Washington Forester. He wrote most of the articles and especially enjoyed choosing his "Remember When" photos. Steve was an avid hiker, collector of antiques, and a master photographer. Dean Thorud accepted Steve’s award and announced that it would be on display in Anderson Hall 107A, along with some of Steve’s photography. Memorials to Steve can be made to the College’s Stanley P. Gessel Research and Scholarship Fund.

The 1998 Honorary Alumnus Award was presented to Donald Hanley for his outstanding service to the CFRAA’s three Arbor Day Fairs. Don is an Extension Forester with WSU but is assigned to the UW CFR where he provides exceptional service to the College and the Alumni Association. He received his undergraduate and Masters degrees from the University of Montana, and his Ph.D. from the University of Idaho. His research interests include, among other things, plantation growth and yield, conifer regeneration, silvi-culture, Christmas trees, and other special forest products utilization. His many publications focus pri-marily on the stewardship, management, and utilization of non-industrial private forest lands.

Don has truly distinguished himself in the forestry profession by providing both state and national leadership in cooperative extension. He has served the CFR by leading our efforts for the past twelve years in continuing and professional education.

He has been an active member of the Arbor Day Fair planning committee, providing excellent advice in developing the fair booklet. He also recruits faculty and staff to make presentations and work at various fair stations. Don has also organized the tree planting ceremony each year, including locating scarce planting sites, and has arranged for parking of the many buses that transport children to the fair. In addition to his award plaque Don was presented with a UW Husky tee shirt.

The banquet closed with the traditional class count down and singing of the Alma Mater.

Alumni Hearsay

In Memoriam
Steven G. Archie, '66
Michael Bigley, '33
Vernon L. Eliason, '62
Jack G. Heintzelman, '38
Peter Koch, '54
Vernal E. Taylor, '32

Carl W. Swanson, ’49, and his wife Dorothy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in March 1997. That same year Carl retired after 20 years of service as a commissioner for the Jefferson General Hospital. Earlier in 1978 he retired from the U.S. Forest Service after 34 years. Marowstone Island residents chose Carl 1997-1998 "Citizen of the Year." Ross Word, ’69, retired from the U.S. Navy with 25 years of service in 1995 at the rank of captain. Currently (4/98) he is an NJROTC instructor at North Myrtle Beach High School, SC. He returned to the UW campus last June to attend his daughter Julie’s graduation. Doug Hale, ’95, and Emily (Richardson) Hale, ’95, reported in April, 1998, that Doug is with the BLM in Medford, OR as a forestry technician involved in timber marking, unit layout, GPS, and stand exams. Emily has traded her job with the BLM for staying at home and being a full time mom to daughter Abigail (born August 1997). She enjoys leading all-hikes for school classes occasionally. Doug Rideout, ’75, M.S. ’77, Ph.D. ’82, is (as of April 1998) professor of forest economics and management at Colorado State University. He recently completed the text Principles of Forest and Environmental Economics (Revised) with co-author Dr. Hayley Hessein (U. of Montana). Doug states that the text benefited from suggestions of leading academicians, including Dr. Barney Dowdle, ’57. Steve Sweeney, M.S. ’78, reports that his family, (wife Laura and two daughters) moved to Pullman, WA in 1992 so he could attend veterinary school. He is now an instructor of avian and exotic animal medicine at the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Steve’s clinical work is mainly with the rehabilitation of injured raptors, but he does occasionally tend to other creatures. He invites you to contact him at ssweeney@vetmed. wsu.edu if you are interested in birds of prey and "our plans for a regional raptor rehabilitation center at WSU." Alan Schmierer, M.F.R.,’82, resides in Alameda, CA with his wife Marty, a former RN at UW Hospital, and their three children. Alan is regional environmental program leader with the National Park Service in San Francisco, CA. He is a charter member of the National Wilderness Steering Committee and is also active with a school site council and is an AYSO coach. Last year when the call went out for Arbor Day Fair volunteers, Benton Williams, ’39, responded from Port Orchard that he was unable to help because "I’m 84 and glad to be still alive!" Bob Bulchis, ’39, reports his wife of nearly 52 years Helen, passed away in January 1998. Bob also sent along copies of some pages from a book that he contributed some historical material about his early days on the Quilcene District of the Olympic National Forest. The book by J. R. Rooney is titled Frontier Legacy—History of the Olympic National Forest, 1897 to 1960. Valerie Delaune, ’82 who lives in Juneau, AK has been a massage therapist since 1989. She is studying to be a licensed acupuncturist and expects to graduate this year. Harold K. "Pete" Steen, ’57, M.F. ’62, Ph.D. ’69, has received the Distinguished Service Award of the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations. He was recognized for his contributions to forest history. Pete is a senior fellow of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation and a member of the Duke University faculty.

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