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Fall 2022 Newsletter

From the Department Head

Dr. Jay Sullivan, Professor and Department Head

Dr. Jay Sullivan, Professor and Department Head

Dr. Jay Sullivan
Professor and
Department Head

WE ARE PROFOUNDLY SADDENED THIS FALL BY THE LOSS OF TWO of our FREC giants, Drs. Harold Burkhart and Greg Buhyoff.  Harold was still busily at work in FREC, and Greg was enjoying retirement with his family in the beautiful state of Maine.  Much has been said and will continue to be recounted of their lives and accomplishments, and I hope that you will take the time to consider their stories (story and link in this issue).  In reflecting on their lives, it is easy to focus on the gaping holes left by the losses, and it is absolutely right to remember, to wonder at all they packed into their careers and lives, to tell our own stories of experiences with them, and to miss them.  At the same time, I don’t have to tell you that both of them left enormous legacies that we all share in some way.  They explored and pioneered so much for us.  They educated, mentored, and befriended so many of us.  They labored and advocated for a program that trained, established, and sustained us.  They shared their time and wisdom so generously with us.  They fostered a culture of humble and collaborative excellence.  They included us and they spread that culture across the nation and the globe in our field.  No doubt we will remember them in the days, weeks, and hopefully years to come, but I think we can honor them and their memories above all by looking forward to and embracing the people, the opportunities, and the challenges that lie ahead for us, and that will give us the chance to continue in some way to build on the legacy and culture that Greg Buhyoff and Harold Burkhart have left for us.




As always, thank you for your support and friendship!

Jay

Dr. Greg Buhyoff, retired Emeritus Faculty and Julian N. Cheatham Professor of Forestry, passes away

Dr. Greg Buhyoff (Copyright: Matt Buhyoff, 2022 from website

Dr. Greg Buhyoff (Copyright: Matt Buhyoff, 2022 from website)

Dr. Greg Buhyoff, retired FREC Emeritus Faculty and Julian N. Cheatham Professor of Forestry, passed away on October 30.  He was 74 years old, and his son and grandson were by his side when he passed.

Below is the first sentence from a memorial website that was published by Greg's son, Matt Buhyoff, with a link to the site. Our condolences to the Buhyoff family.

My Pop, Gregory James Buhyoff, was born on September 22, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan. He grew up in a working class corner of Dearborn, a suburb adjacent to Detroit and home to the Ford Motor Company. Visit the website.

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Career change leads to fun times making wine for alumni couple

Career change leads to fun times making wine for alumni couple

Career change leads to fun times making wine for alumni couple

Sixteen years ago, Zak and Shawna Miller were putting their forestry degrees to use. Now, they live in Napa Valley and own their own brand of wine, and Shawna has become a decorated winemaker.
 
When Zak and Shawna Miller took a vacation to northern California to visit one of Zak’s old college roommates, they drove through Napa Valley, the nation’s epicenter of winemaking.

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