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Hugh Farrant Travis

Virginia Beach - Hugh Farrant Travis, 91, of Virginia Beach, Virginia and Ithaca, New York passed away on November 28, 2013.

Born on September 5, 1922 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mr. Travis was the son of Frederick Hewitt Travis and Margaret Day Travis. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Frederick Travis.

Mr. Travis was also preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Dorothea (Dody) Metcalf Travis. After living in Michigan, Maryland, and Saratoga Springs, New York, they made their home in Ithaca, New York where they raised their family and created life-long friendships. He was a member and deacon of the First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca.

Left to cherish the memories are his daughters, Sandra Travis, Elizabeth (Tina) Travis Batty and son-in-law, Eugene Robert Batty of Virginia Beach. Mr. Travis was very proud of his grandsons Robert Travis Batty and Brandon Alan Cody Batty (Jessica Levine Batty). He is survived by his two great-grandchildren Bowen O'Hara Batty and Hanna Grace Batty.

Mr. Travis was a graduate of Kalamazoo College and Michigan State University where he received a Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology. His career in biology spanned 33 years of federal service in the United States Department of Agriculture. Most of those years were spent in the Animal Science department at Cornell University where he specialized in animal nutrition.

A lover of outdoors and adventure, Mr. Travis enjoyed observing nature and wildlife while hiking, skiing, canoeing, fishing, photographing, painting, and carving. He traveled to Alaska, Europe, Africa, Mexico, Costa Rica, and New Zealand. He spent summers of his youth working for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

A veteran of World War II, Mr. Travis served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946. He was trained as an aviation radioman and aerial gunner.

After retirement, Mr. Travis volunteered his time and service to Gadabout, a transportation service for the elderly and those with disabilities in Ithaca, New York. He also volunteered at the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

His friends and family will cherish his sense of humor and wit and his treasured animal carvings.

The family would like to offer special thanks to the staffs of First Colonial Inn, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and Odyssey Hospice for their loving care.

A family memorial service will be held at a later date. Those wishing to make memorial contributions may do so to the Nature Conservancy, to which Mr. Travis was a lifetime member, or a .

The Nature Conservancy

Please reference # 108884 Memorial Fund

By phone: 1-800-628-6860 or by mail:

The Nature Conservancy Attn: Treasury 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100 Arlington, VA 22203-1606
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Dec. 10, 2013
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