Bob Bond passed away in late August at almost 96 years of age. Bob had a 21-year faculty career at UMass, and he remained an integral part of the ECo community even after moving to Penn State University to direct their School of Forest Resources. He was a beloved forestry professor who was committed to training the next generation of forestry professionals. Bob was very generous to the department. He and his late wife Barbara donated the 234-acre Savage Hill Forest property in Princeton MA to the department in 2001. In recognition of his many contributions to forestry, Bob was elected a Fellow to the Society of American Foresters. Bob has left a great legacy of trained foresters across the region.
Professor Curt Griffin reminisces that “Although Bob had departed UMass many years before I arrived in 1984, there were still many stories circulating amongst the senior faculty. They spoke of Bob’s generous nature and dedication to the students and department. I also had the good fortune to reconnect with Bob in recent years about management of the Savage Hill property.”
Please join us in remembering Bob, his love of forestry and the New England landscape, and his many contributions to the ECo community. Bob’s family has suggested that memorial contributions can be made in Robert Bond’s name to the New England Forestry Foundation at www.newenglandforestry.org.