Dr. Robert Henry Chabreck died on December 30, 2013 at the age of 80. Robert was born in Lacombe, Louisiana to parents John J. Chabreck and Susan Rebecca Todd Chabreck. Robert was a graduate of Slidell High School and Louisiana State University. His personal life focused on family, hunting, and all things LSU sports. He was a loyal and dedicated family man. Robert was a retired Professor of Forestry and Wildlife in the School of Renewable Natural Resources at Louisiana State University. He was regarded as an expert on wetlands and marsh management with special emphasis in the area of plant and animal management in the coastal zone. He authored the book "Coastal Marshes - Ecology and Wildlife Management", the chapter on Gulf Coast Wetlands in the book "Creation and Restoration of Wetlands - State of the Art", and over 130 scientific and popular articles dealing with wildlife and wetlands. Robert possessed a vast deal of experience in marsh management and pioneered many of the research techniques currently used today. He was well respected in the international community serving as a U.S. advisor to programs in Cuba, India and Poland. He was a member of the International Crocodile Specialist Group and considered an expert on Alligators. He was a past recipient of the Louisiana Governor's Award - Conservationist of the Year as well as the Governor's Award for the Louisiana Conservation Educator of the Year. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Susan Rebecca Chabreck, his brother John and sister, Lillian C Abney. Robert is survived by his wife of 59 years, Merle Tabary, sons, David and wife Michele, James and wife Leigh, Thomas and wife Ruth, and daughter Brenda C. Gardner and husband Richard, 10 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, sister, Suzanne C. Jabbia and sister-in-law, Claire Tabary Chabreck and numerous nieces and nephews. Please visit the online registry at https://www.rabenhorst. com/node/13786 . Visitation will be held on 11 January 2014 from 1:00-3:00pm at University United Methodist Church, 3350 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge, LA. , followed by a service at 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the School of Renewable Natural Resources in memory of Dr. Robert Chabreck may be made through the LSU Foundation website.
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