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Thomas Huntington Ripley

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PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. -- Thomas Huntington Ripley, 77, died Feb. 8, 2005 at Pigeon Forge Care Center, Pigeon Forge after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.

Dr. Ripley served as Southeast district manager with the Forest Service in Asheville, N.C., from 1958 to 1967. He was transferred to Washington, D.C. in 1967, where he served as chief of range and wildlife research. In 1969, he took the position of manager of natural resources with the Tennessee Valley Authority in Knoxville. After retiring from TVA in 1983, he became Tennessee deputy commissioner of conservation. He retired from the state of Tennessee in 1990. He was a member of the faculty at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville), serving as an adjunct professor in the forestry department. He also served as an adjunct professor at Virginia Tech.

Dr. Ripley is survived by his wife, Lorinda (Fansler) Ripley of Knoxville; his former wife Anne (Browning) Ripley of Knoxville; a brother, Peter Ripley of Missouri; a brother, Edward Ripley of Minnesota; a sister, Constance Danner of Kentucky; a son, James Huntington Ripley, and daughter in-law, Donna L. Ripley of Kodak; a daughter, Constance Ripley-Perez, and son-in-law Francisco Javier Perez of Chattanooga; a daughter, Elizabeth Ripley Stromeyer, and son-in-law, William McDonald Stromeyer of Buzzards Bay, Mass.; a stepson, Christopher Quincy, and daughter-in-law, Amy (Whaley) Quincy, of Seymour; a granddaughter, Meghan Elizabeth Ripley of Kodak; and a stepgrandson, Adam Samuel Quincy of Seymour.

A memorial service will be held at Middlebrook Pike United Methodist Church, 7234 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, on Sunday, Feb. 13, at 3 p.m., with the Rev. Nathan Malone officiating. Interment wilI be private at Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Global ReLeaf project of American Forests. Donations may be made online at www.americanforests.org or by calling 800-545-TREE. The family will receive friends following services at the church. Arrangements provided by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel, 6200 Kingston Pike, Knoxville.
Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 11, 2005
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