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Alumni and Donors
April 8, 2003, the scholarship committee responsible for the Dorothy D.
Hoener Memorial Fund hosted an annual recognition luncheon for 2002-03
scholarship and fellowship recipients. The Hoener fund was established
in 1986 by Edgar P. Hoener to honor his wife Dorothy. It
offers the most generous scholarships available to College of Forestry
students, recognizing hard working and motivated students. The fund also
helps facilitate mentoring relationships between students and faculty
and provides travel opportunities for students to participate in forestry
activities in other parts of the United States.
June 16, 1938 —June 29, 2003
Bart A. Thielges died suddenly from a heart attack, June 29, 2003, in
San Luis Obispo, California. Thielges was Associate Dean for International
Programs at the College of Forestry, Oregon State University. He also
served concurrently as Interim Dean for International Programs at OSU
and Assistant Vice Chancellor for International Programs for the Oregon
He was born to Bart H. and Norma Thielges in Chicago, Illinois. There
he attended Gage Park High School. Following graduation, he served with
the U.S. Marine Corps and received an honorable discharge. He then received
his Bachelor's degree in Forestry from Southern Illinois University, and
a Masters of Forestry, a Masters of Philosophy, and a Ph.D. from Yale.
He served on the faculties of the Ohio Agricultural Research Station,
Louisiana State University, and the University of Kentucky, where he was
Chairman of the Department of Forestry, before coming to Oregon State
in 1990.His expertise was in plant genetics, evolutionary biology, and
conservation biology and he authored or co-authored more than 60 scientific
publications. He was a member of the Society of American Foresters, the
Forest Products Society and the American Association for the Advancement
of Science. He held offices in the National Association of Professional
Forestry Schools and Colleges and the National Association of State Universities
and Land-Grant Colleges. Thielges received numerous awards recognizing
his leadership in research and international programs including the Distinguished
Alumnus Award, Southern Illinois University, USDA Certificates of Appreciation,
the College of Forestry's Dean's Award and the International Service Award
from Oregon State University. A memorial service was held by the College
of Forestry on August 18th in the College's Hatfield Courtyard. Among
the many speakers were John Byrne, President Emeritus of OSU, Sabah Randhawa,
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and International Programs at OSU, Roger
Blair, a close family friend, Bart Christopher Thielges, Bart's son, Stephen
McMullen, Bart's brother-in-law, Deborah Healey, Director of the English
Language Institute at OSU, Marion McNamara, co-director of International
Research and Development at OSU, Dennis Cusack, a principal of SRG Partnership,
an architectural firm in Portland, and Doug Piirto, Head, Natural Resources
Management Department at California Polytechnic State University, San
Luis Obispo. Speakers from the College of Forestry included Dean Hal Salwasser,
who also read a letter from Susan Stafford, Dean of the College of Natural
Resources at the University of Minnesota, Jeff Morrell, Rick Meilan, Steve
Strauss, Badege Bishaw, and George Brown, Dean Emeritus of the College.
Bart will always be remembered by the College of Forestry for his commitment
and dedication. He provided leadership and direction for our research
program and was instrumental in the design and construction of Richardson
Hall. He expanded our international programs, was our congressional liaison,
and served as our interim dean at a very critical time for the College
and Forest Research Laboratory. But perhaps most of all, he will also
be remembered throughout the College as a friend — whose patience,
willingness to listen, forward-looking perspective and openness to new
ideas, droll sense of humor, hearty handshake, and ready smile will be
He is survived by his wife, Judy, three sons, Bart C., Jon, and Patrick,
one sister, Bonnie, and one grandson, Jon Wesley.
The family suggests that memorials be made to the OSU Foundation, 850
SW 35th Street, Corvallis, OR 97333, in his memory.
September 13, 1912 — August 9, 2003
Ken McLaren of Corvallis died August 9, 2003. He was 90 years old. McLaren
was born in Parkersberg, Iowa, to Isreal E. and Maude Fergusen McLaren.
He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, where he served as a duty officer,
in 1934. He married Barbara Maddams in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1937. McLaren
served in the Pacific Theater during World War II from 1941 to 1943. He
was captain of the U.S.S. Guest, the U.S.S. Tolovana, and the U.S.S. Oregon
City. He captained the cutter Highland Light in the Bermuda race in 1946,
winning a trophy in class. He was awarded the Navy's Legion of Merit and
Bronze Star, and also received a commendation medal from the Army for
his service on the Military Advisory and Assistance Group in Korea. He
retired in 1960 with the rank of Captain.
He graduated from Oregon State University in 1963 and became a Professor
of Forest Engineering. He served as Assistant Dean and Acting Dean, retiring
as Professor Emeritus in 1978.McLaren was a longtime member of the Mid-Valley
Bicycle Club, continuing to ride into his tenth decade. He enjoyed hiking,
camping, and surfing, and spearfishing in the tropics. Survivors include
his wife; sons, James M. of the Tri- Cities, Washington, area and Bruce
of San Diego; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Two sisters
Memorial donations can be made to the U.S.N.A. Alumni Association, the
OSU Foundation, or Benton Hospice Service Inc., in care of McHenry Funeral
Home, 206 NW Fifth St., Corvallis, OR 97330.
Lewiston J. Bagley
November 2, 1915 —August 20, 2003
Lewiston J. Bagley of Corvallis died Wednesday. He was 87 years old.
Bagley was born in Knappa. He received a degree in forestry engineering
from Oregon State College, now Oregon State University, in 1948. He was
employed in forestry.
Survivors include his daughters, BLou Carman and Alice A. Eberman of
Corvallis, and his son, Ron of Corvallis.
Memorial donations can be made to the OSU Foundation in care of DeMoss-Durdan
Funeral Home, 815 N.W. Buchanan Ave., Corvallis, OR 97330.
Jerome 'Jerry' Sedlak
October 15, 1952 —September 5, 2003
Jerome Peter Sedlak of Springfield died September 5, 2003, from injuries
he suffered in a logging accident. He was 50 years old. Sedlak was born
Oct. 15, 1952, in Glen Cove, N.Y., to Peter and Dotty Sedlak. He married
Jody Richards in Ithaca, N.Y., on May 24, 1975. He graduated from Locust
Valley High School in Long Island, N.Y. He received a bachelor's degree
in forestry from the State of New York College of Environmental Sciences
and Forestry at Syracuse. He received a master's degree in forest engineering
from Oregon State University. Sedlak was employed as the president of
Emerald Valley Thinning. He will be remembered as an innovative and tenacious
logger who coupled his professional engineering background with a deep
respect for the environment. He was a member of the Associated Oregon
Loggers and the Society of American Foresters. He was an avid supporter
of Springfield schools and actively involved in the Springfield community.
Survivors include his wife; his parents of Locust Valley, N.Y.; a son,
Jeff of Santa Ana, California, a daughter, Kim of Corvallis; and a sister,
Debby Sedlak of Durham, N.C.
Memorial contributions may be made to the College of Forestry at Oregon
Newtons Establish Forest
Michael Newton, Emeritus
Professor in Forest Science, and his wife, Jane W. Newton,
have given cash and timber valued at over $350,000 towards a $1
million goal to establish the Newton Forest Research Fund in the
College of Forestry. Proceeds from the fund will provide for continuity
of employment for career-track faculty research assistants. The
funds may be used primarily for salary and, to a limited extent,
operating expenses for career-oriented research assistants engaged
in long-term silvicultural research. Commodity production and/or
habitat management must be major components of research objectives.
Mike Newton has maintained research plots
around the state for over 44 years. He and Jane understand the need
to support long-term research. The Newtons will continue to build
the endowment over a period of several years, using a combination
of cash and timber.
New and Renewed Gifts
Over a decade ago, Ruth Spaniol ('33) gave 800 acres
of forestland valued at $3.1 million to the OSU Foundation to benefit
the College of Forestry. According to Mrs. Spaniol's wishes, the Foundation
held the proceeds from the eventual sale of the land in three charitable
remainder trusts established to benefit her three children throughout
their lifetimes.With the recent death of her daughter, Sherry Chain, the
assets of one of the trusts is now available to create the Ruth H. Spaniol
Chair in Renewable Resources. Each trust is currently valued at $2.8 million.
(Source: Steven Lont, Oregon Stater)
Wayne Endicott has created three charitable remainder
unitrusts, currently valued at $375,185.After a set number of years, half
of the value of these trusts will support the Mealey/Boise Program in
Forest Ecosystem Health; the other half will support scholarships in Agricultural
Laurence Sprunt has given over $20,000 during the past
fiscal year to support the B.D. Mitchell & H.R. Blacketor Memorial
The College of Forestry has received a generous unrestricted bequest
of $178,000 from the estate of Dorothy F. Hopkins. Dorothy
and her husband, Walt (also deceased) had close ties
to the College for many years and knew the added value of gifts that can
be used for the College's area of greatest need.
The College of Forestry has received a $20,000 bequest from the estate
of Elizabeth Peterson to support the Kurt Jon Peterson
Through the Lematta Foundation, Wes and Nancy
Lematta have made an addition of $150,000 to the Wes and Nancy
Lematta Graduate Fellowship Fund.The Fund supports students studying forest
engineering and related disciplines.
The Willamette Industries Endowment has received $300,000
in commitments towards a $1,000,000 goal.The scholarship benefits students
who major or minor in Forestry with either a major or minor in Engineering
or Business.The first scholarship recipients will be named for the 2004-05
The Gibbett Hill Graduate Fellowship Fund has received
a second installment of $90,000, bringing the total fund to $180,000 toward
a total pledge of $450,000. The fund supports graduate fellowships in
Ned Hayes has contributed $20,000 to support graduate
student fellowships in the Department of Forest Science.
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