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Hall of Fame Recipients (photos and biographies)
1960s | 1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000 | 2010s

Hall of Fame Recipients (list only)
Nomination Form (pdf file)

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James F. Spiers

Born: Williston, Florida 1908
BSF University of Georgia

Consulting Forester 1931-1986

Recognized as a friend and advisor to private forest owners

Helped establish and manage 60 school forests in Georgia

Promoted forestry to over 10,000 4-H Club and Future Farmers of America members

Inducted in the Georgia Foresters Hall of Fame 1980

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Robert W. Cooper

Born: New York, New York 1921
BSF and MS State University of New York

Assistant Director Southern Forest Fire Laboratory 1969-1976

First to review effect of prescribed fire on air quality

Instrumental in establishment of the Southern Forest Fire Laboratory

Gained widespread acceptance of prescribed fire as silvicultural tool

Inducted in the Georgia Foresters Hall of Fame 1980

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William A. Campbell

Born: Paterson, New Jersey 1906
BS Mansfield (PA) State College
MA University of Colorado
PhD Pennsylvania State University

Forest Pathologist and Leader, Forest Service Research Center, Athens, Georgia 1946-1971

Displayed outstanding skill as a researcher and administrator

Discovered cause of littleleaf disease of southern pines

Developed highly successful cooperative forest research programs

Inducted in the Georgia Foresters Hall of Fame 1981

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John F. Sisley

Born: Ridgway, Pennsylvania 1916
BSF University of Georgia

Woodlands Division Manager, Georgia Kraft Company 1968-1981

One of the first to apply computer-based simulations of forest stand growth to large-scale, industrial land management. Promoted improved utilization through tree-length logging, whole-tree chipping, and use of sawmill residues. Implemented public hunting leases of industry land.

Inducted in the Georgia Foresters Hall of Fame 1981

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Vernon Yow

Born: Holt, Florida 1914
BSF Auburn University
MF Yale University

Professor of Forestry, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Tifton, Georgia 1950-1982

Head of the forestry and wildlife programs at ABAC: active in the governance of ABAC, holding many positions of prominence in the College's administration.

Inducted in the Georgia Foresters Hall of Fame 1981

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Leon A. Hargreaves, Jr.

Born: Pearson, Georgia 1921
BSF and MS University of Georgia
MPA and PhD University of Michigan

Dean, School of Forest Resources, University of Georgia 1981-1991

Untiring advocate of timberland valuation and tax reform

Contributed to improved forest administration and organization

Gained strong support of legislature and industry to maintain high standards of teaching and research at Georgia

Inducted in the Georgia Foresters Hall of Fame 1982

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George A. Anderson

Born: Bloomingdale, Illinois 1917
BSF Colorado State University
MF Duke University

Manager, Forest Improvement Department, Brunswick Pulp Land Company

Pioneer in modernization of southern forestry

Promoted mechanical site preparation and use of fertilizer in southern pine silviculture

Demonstrated silvicultural soundness of hardwood clearcutting

Inducted in the Georgia Foresters Hall of Fame 1982

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John C. Barber

Born: Liberty, South Carolina 1925
BSF and MS North Carolina State University
PhD University of Minnesota

Forester, US Forest Service 1951-1980
Executive Vice President, Society of American Foresters 1980-1984

Instrumental in developing tree seed certification standards

Important contributions to tree breeding, forest genetics, silviculture, and management

Demonstrated strong leadership and social responsibility among professional foresters

Inducted in the Georgia Foresters Hall of Fame 1983

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Frederick W. Haeussler

Born: Cincinnati, Ohio 1932
BSF University of Georgia
MF Duke University

Land Manager, Savannah Woodlands Division, Union Camp Corporation

Numerous contributions to professional forestry in the South

Influential in adapting environmental regulations to forestry

President, Society of American Foresters, 1985

Inducted in the Georgia Foresters Hall of Fame 1983

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Charlie Bonner Jones

Born: Milledgeville, Georgia 1924
BSF University of Georgia

President, J and H Timber, Inc.

Helped create student intern program and promoted excellence in school of forest resources; active in alumni affairs

Instrumental in saving and improving registered forester law

Provided outstanding support to Georgia Forestry Association

Inducted in the Georgia Foresters Hall of Fame 1983

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Jerome F. Clutter

Born: Washington, Pennsylvania 1934
BSF Michigan State University
MF and DF Duke University

Professor of Forestry, University of Georgia 1963-1983

Pioneer in the use of biometrics to produce reliable predictions of growth and yield of forest stands

Internationally known for his computerized planning systems

Recognized professional services to Society of American Foresters

Inducted in the Georgia Foresters Hall of Fame 1984

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Claud L. Brown

Born: Cumming, Georgia 1925
BSF and MS University of Georgia
PhD Harvard University

Alumni Foundation Professor of Forest Resources, University of Georgia 1960-1984

Innovative researcher and teacher in physiology and genetics

Developed internationally recognized graduate program in forest biology at Georgia

Pioneer in tissue culture and cloning of woody plants

Inducted in the Georgia Foresters Hall of Fame 1985

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Theodore "Ted" W. Earle, Sr.

Born: Sacketts Harbor, New York 1897
BSF State University of New York

Industrial and consulting forester
Vice President, Gair Woodlands 1945-1955 and of Continental Can Co. 1956-1963

Played important role in the South's tree improvement program

Convinced top management of value of professional foresters

President, Southern Pulpwood Conservation Association, Forest Farmers Association, and American Pulpwood Association

Inducted in the Georgia Foresters Hall of Fame 1985

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J. Walter Myers, Jr.

Born: Mew Orleans, Louisiana 1919
BSF and MF Louisiana State University

Executive Vice President Forest Farmers Association 1951-1982

Devoted to assuring equitable forest taxation

Influential in encouraging state and federal legislation

Beneficial to forest development

President, Society of American Foresters 1987

Inducted in the Georgia Foresters Hall of Fame 1985

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H. Edward Ruark

Born: Morgan County, Georgia 1913
BSF University of Georgia

Director, Georgia Forest Research Council 1959-1978

As Chief of Fire Control for the Georgia Forestry Commission, developed one of the nation's finest fire fighting organizations

Prominent in Society of American Foresters activities

Coordinator of forest research activities in Georgia

Inducted in the Georgia Foresters Hall of Fame 1986

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L.W. "Hoop Eberhardt

Born: Maysville, Georgia 1913
BSF University of Georgia

Director, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Georgia 1963-1971

Initiated 4-H forestry and naval stores camps with financial support obtained from forest industry

Led campaign for funds to develop Rock Eagle 4-H Center

Inducted in the Georgia Foresters Hall of Fame 1987

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Harley Langdale, Jr.

Born: Lynchburg, Virginia 1914
BSF University of Georgia

Chairman of the Board, The Langdale Company

Dynamic and innovative forester, businessman, and civic leader who developed an integrated timber processing company with extensive land holdings. Active at the state and national level in the Society of American Foresters, Forest Research Society, and Southern Pine Association.

President, Forest Farmers Association 1958-1960
President, Georgia Forestry Association 1963-1964

Inducted in the Georgia Foresters Hall of Fame 1988

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William Patrick Thomas

Born: Franklin County, Georgia 1931
BSF University of Georgia
MS University of Georgia

Supervisor, Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forests 1974-1987

Recognized for the stewardship of the public lands entrusted to his care. One of the first National Forest Supervisors to promote balanced multiple use management with strong public involvement in the planning process.

Inducted in the Georgia Foresters Hall of Fame 1988