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Roy A. Whitmore, Jr.

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“Whitmore Family:Roy guide me through my years at UVM and instilled in me a great love for the "products" component of forestry. To this day, I use...Read More »
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“Sincere sympathies to Roberta and the Whitmore family. Roy and I were on the faculty at UVM for over 30 years, and more recently, loyal members "The...Read More »
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“Hi Van - thoughts & prayers with you - ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: Sandy Wingate - Pittsfield, NH

“I am very sad to hear not only that Roy has gone but that he had a bad several years. We were not "buddies,"but we were friends. While I was Dean...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: John Weiger - Shelburne, VT

“Dear Whitmore Family,My father took me around UVM in 1971 to meet with professors and help me decide what I wanted to be my major. After meeting with...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Steven Sinclair - Montpelier, VT

“Dear Linda, Richard and Vanessa,I am very sorry to hear of your father's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. ”
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Roy A. Whitmore, Jr., 88, Professor Emeritus of Forestry, University of Vermont, died Sunday, April 2, 1917 at the UVM Medical Center, Burlington, after several years of failing health. He was supported during this time by his family who loved him and many faithful and caring friends. Roy was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on August 14, 1928, the son of Roy A. Whitmore, Sr. and Evelyn (Welsh) Whitmore. He moved in 1940 to Rego Park, NY, graduating from Bayside High School in January of 1946. He immediately enlisted in the Navy Air Corp where he studied aerial photography and photo interpretation, a skill he would continue to use throughout his professional life. After leaving military service in 1948, he enrolled at the University of Vermont, majoring in forestry which was then a two-year program. He completed his education at the University of Michigan where he earned a B.S. in forestry in 1952 and a Master's in Forestry Utilization and Measurements in 1954. He also completed course work at Southern Illinois University and the USDA graduate school. His professional life began with the U.S. Forest Service where he worked in the Central States Forest Experiment Station as a research forester and forest economist in Columbus, Ohio, Carbondale, Illinois, New Philadelphia, Ohio, and Washington, D.C. He left the Forest Service to accept a position as Associate Professor of Forestry at the University of Vermont in 1958. During his time at the university, he taught many different courses. He also served on university committees and in various administrative roles including University Marshall, 1966-1981 and Forestry Department chair, 1975-1988. Professional memberships included the Society of American Foresters in which he had been a member since 1951, earning a Golden Membership Award in 2004. He was Secretary-Treasurer for the New England Chapter in 1987. Other memberships were in the Forest Products Research Society and the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Roy enjoyed teaching and mentoring his students, maintaining some ties over many years. In younger years, Roy loved fishing and bird hunting, traversing fields and streams across the state of Vermont with friends. He also cherished his Stowe canoe in which he and Roberta spent many happy days exploring, birding and botanizing along Vermont waterways. After his retirement, Roy discovered the joys of cooking, both at home and at the Charlotte Senior Center. He also had time to work in his woodshop turning out furniture for his home and gifts for friends. He continued identifying wood samples for various museums and organizations well into his retirement years. One of Roy's greatest interests was tracing his family genealogy. He was delighted to find he was a direct descendant, through his mother, of Major John Welsh who immigrated to this country in 1641, one of the original settlers of the state of Maryland. He also traced his family on his father's side to Benjamin Widmer who immigrated to this country in 1716 from Switzerland via Holland under the patronage of William Penn. He did not talk so much about a fifth cousin, Wallace Warfield Simpson. In August of 1953, Roy married Claire Suzanne Jacobsen whom he had met at the University of Michigan. Together they had three children, Vanessa, Richard and Linda. Their marriage ended in December of 1983 with her early demise. In July of 1987, he married Roberta Sullivan Fox who survives him. He is also survived by his sister, Doris Dean of Charlotte, N.C., daughter Vanessa Gleason, and her husband Edmond Reddy and grandson Christopher Gleason, all of Pittsburgh, Penn.; son Richard A. Whitmore and his wife Joan Weaver and granddaughter, Thora Whitmore of Lawrence, Kans. and granddaughter Mariah Whitmore and her husband Chris Paradies of Chicago, Ill.; and daughter Linda of Charlotte, North Carolina. He is also survived by stepson John L. Fox, Jr. of Georgia, Vt. and his sons, Jacob and Matthew; and stepson Russell Fox and his wife Carol and their three children, Russell, Benjamin, and Emma Fox, all of Hinesburg, Vt. Roy loved and was proud of them all. A remembrance of Roy's life will be held at the All Souls Interfaith Gathering, 291 Bostwick Farm Road, Shelburne, Tuesday, April 11 at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow. The family would like to publicly thank Dr. Jonathan Hayden, Dr. Mohit Jindal, and all the doctors, nurses and staff of the UVM Medical Center who took such excellent care of Roy through his final days. Their knowledge, compassion and kindness were exceptional and a tremendous help to his family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Charlotte Volunteer Fire & Rescue, 170 Ferry Road, Charlotte, or a charity of one's choice .

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