David B. Kittredge
1956 - 2020
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David B. Kittredge, Jr. moved forward with amazing grace from this world to the next on March 13, 2020 following a life full of love, fun, fulfilling travel and adventure. Dave (aka "Chip", a family childhood name) was born in New York City, NY on 20 April 1956 to Barbara (Peugeot) and David B. Kittredge, Sr. Dave and his 3 sisters were raised in Lake Bluff, Illinois and then New Canaan, CT.

Dave is survived by his wife, Anne Marie of Shutesbury MA; stepson, Gilbert E. Loud III (Jessica), Williamsburg MA; granddaughter, Abigail Lillian, Williamsburg; 3 sisters including: Martha K. Bonti (Rick), Westport CT and Lewes DE; Jennifer K. Wastrom (Rick), Redding CT; Emily T. Kittredge, Shelburne VT; as well as extraordinarily close extended family including: 2 aunts, numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Dave was passionate, tireless and dedicated to maintaining the closest of relationships with family, colleagues, and friends.

Dave earned his professional degrees from the University of Vermont (Forestry) and Yale University (M.S. Forest Science/Silviculture and Doctor of Philosophy). Dave retired in 2017 from his faculty position at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Department of Environmental Conservation where he enjoyed 30 years of service with a 3-part appointment including: (1) professor of undergraduate courses and mentor of more than 20 graduate students; (2) research design and implementation with a focus on forest owner attitudes and behaviors and forest policy; and (3) as the Massachusetts Extension Forester design and implementation of outreach activities for timber harvesters, practicing foresters, conservation experts, and private landowners. For more than 20 years, Dave also enjoyed a part-time appointment as the Forest Policy Analyst at the Harvard Forest, Petersham MA. Dave authored/co-authored about 70 refereed research publications, 40 editorially reviewed publications, 4 peer-reviewed book chapters, 15 invited publications in proceedings, 20 extension publications, and 20 research grants. Dave received 30 honors and awards during his career including the recent 2019 Charles H. W. Foster Award for Exemplary Academic Leadership in Land Conservation.

At various times throughout Dave's professional career, he was elected or appointed as: Chair of the Massachusetts Forester Licensing Board; Chair of the New England Society of American Foresters; Chair of the Yankee Division Society of American Foresters; President, Vice-president and Board Member of the Temagami Lakes Association; Editor and Editorial Board Member of various scientific journals; Board Member of the Petersham Curling Club; and Member of The Shutesbury Open Space Planning Committee.

While Dave's professional career brought him to various countries around the world, Dave's favorite place to be was Lake Temagami, Ontario, Canada where his family continues to enjoy family vacations as they have for more than 100 years. Continuing another family tradition that began with his grandfather and great uncle more than 100 years ago, Dave attended and worked for Keewaydin Temagami, the world's oldest canoe-tripping camp, founded in 1893, and located on Devil's Island on Lake Temagami in Ontario, Canada.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Dave/Chip's memory to one of his favorite charities (canoe camp, land trust, music) or another of your choosing:

Keewaydin Temagami https://keewaydin.org/keewaydin-foundation/give/

East Quabbin Land Trust, PO Box 5, Hardwick, MA 01037 or on-line https://eqlt.org

1794 Meeting House, 26 South Main Street, New Salem, MA 01355 https://1794meetinghouse.org/product/donate/

Dave specifically requested that no formal services be scheduled following his passing from this splendid life to the next. Dave's hopes are that his friends, colleagues and relatives will honor his request by spending time individually or in small groups enjoying, watching or participating in one or more of his favorite activities including: canoeing, curling, reading, biking, hiking, skiing, birding, fly-tying, fishing, live music, travel, and mountain climbing. Whenever you are on the ice, trails, rivers, lakes, roads, music venues, or wandering the forests of this world, Dave's one true hope is that you will think and speak of him often as articulated by H S Holland in the following quote that was brought to his attention by his Aunt Nancy:

"Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is this death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner. All is well. Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before. How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!"

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Mar. 18, 2020.
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February 15, 2021
I just found this out about Dave's passing. I knew him well from work that I did with him at UMass and the Harvard Forest. He was always encouraging, energetic, and a positive influence. When reading about his history, I also found out that we had much more in common than I had imagined. It appears that Dave grew up, in part, in Lake Bluff, Illinois. I grew up in Lake Forest, just five miles away. I am saddened to hear of his passing and will always remember him as such a positive influence. God bless him and his family.
Paul Siqueira
September 22, 2020
I can’t believe I am just finding out about Dave’s passing. He served as my research mentor at the Harvard Forest during the summer of 2012 and working with him was the best part of the entire summer. He was almost a father figure and I felt so comfortable with him. I was amazed by his kindness, generosity, and incredible regard for this beautiful earth. We continued working together the following year as I wrote my senior thesis and the year after that we authored a paper together. I am so proud that I got to work with him on his quest to make this world a better place. I’m so sad he’s gone but I also feel so fortunate to have known him. My thoughts are with his family who he cared so deeply about. May he Rest In Peace.
Emma Schnur
May 17, 2020
I just learned that David died a couple of months ago. What an inspirational guy. What a lively spirit. Thanks for sharing so much, Dave.
Jon Bouton
March 30, 2020
I always enjoyed my time visiting with Dave. It was a a true professional, a gentleman and a good friend. His measured approach to our profession of forestry and the mentoring of young forestry minds and the support and friendship to we veterans will be missed. Dave meant a lot to many of us. My most sincere sympathies to his family and friends for this loss.
Richard "Carbo" Carbonetti
March 28, 2020
I didn't know Dave well, but his enthusiasm and dedication to sharing knowledge was an inspiration. He has made a long lasting contribution.
Paul Doscher
March 27, 2020
Slightly known but deeply respected. My sincerest condolences
George Frame
March 27, 2020
My condolences to the entire Kittredge family. Dave's long career as a forestry educator has advanced the profession of forestry and the well-being of New England landowners and their forests. His contributions will echo for generations.
Ted Howard
March 25, 2020
Dear Family of Dave,
Sincerest condolences. May your faith comfort you in knowing he is at peace and smiling down on you for just now, to be together again. I am saddened but grateful to have known him. The childhood pic is so appropriate for the brightness his eyes held as an adult! We came together in the UMass Forestry Dept in the late '80's. He was a professional and a personable being. I wrote a paper for my masters on Workplace Culture and chose to focus on our department. He took great interest and supported me. we shared a special moment when he asked to be with me when he opened his childhood sax his mother had mailed, so he could join the Belchertown Community Band I had founded. This summer I will honor him on the band program sponsor listing for the group's 35th anniversary season. Keep calm & play on, Dave!
summer I will honor him on the program.
Christine Harper
March 24, 2020
Anne Marie and Kittredge family so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Will miss his easy smile and always succinct and well thought out advice. He kept many forestry meetings on track and productive which was often a challenge. I have particularly fond memories of showing UMASS students forestry operations with Dave, he was a great mentor and I'm sure had a positive impact on thousands of foresters and students.
Steven Wood
March 23, 2020
'm shocked and terribly saddened to find the obituary of a gentle soul I was fortunate to know, though unfortunately in only one context.
David invited me to speak in his forest ecology class at the University of Massachusetts, year after year, to students exploring "the human dimension in environmental management." David peppered me with questions as I sat on a tall wooden guest stool that he carried into class and treated me like royalty as he asked me about the role of journalists and how environmental advocates should respond to questions on controversial subjects like climate change, on how we dealt with our own concerns in a profession that dealt with scientific information objectively. He showered me with respect and presented me at the end of each class with a little jog of maple syrup. He hadn't called me in a while, and I've missed him. I will continue to miss him.
Richie Davis
March 20, 2020
Kittredge Family. I too am saddened to learn of Dave's death. Knew him as a skilled, caring forestry professional in all of the nation's Landgrant university function. Called on him many times for counsel and guidance during my time in Washington, DC. Per the last part of the obituary message, I know our memories will be fond and enduring. Best regards.
Larry Biles
March 20, 2020
I'm thankful to have had the opportunity to meet Dave early in my career. While I never got to work with him, wherever Extension Forestry was, his name was there. He not only elevated our profession, but also our personhood. I pray that Dave's friends and family may find comfort and hope in the loving arms of a mighty and loving God who created the natural world Dave so loved and worked to improve.
Adam Downing
March 20, 2020
Keewaydin and Lake Temagami has lost a great supporter and friend. Our sympathies to all the family and our prayers that your grief be short and memories long. Jeff Schneider
jeff schneider
March 20, 2020
How very sad to hear of Dave's death. He was a good friend and a guide for me into the world of forestry. I will miss him, and will follow his advice to speak of him with no change of tone while walking my woodlot and doing all the many activities in which we shared an interest. Dave, this year's first salmon is for you!
Henry Whittemore
March 19, 2020
Dave with Keystone cooperators in 2010
So sad to hear this. Dave taught us so much, from back in Yale days to when he hosted us at UMass ten years ago. Dave was scholarly but had a common touch and always a positive attitude.
J. B. and Katie Friday
March 19, 2020
Dave was a good friend and one of the finest Foresters I have ever known. My heart is much heavier today knowing that I will not have the opportunity to speak with Dave again at our annual NESAF meeting. My condolences to you Anne Marie and your family.
Fred Borman
March 19, 2020
To Anne Marie and family, we have` all suffered a great loss. Dave was just one of those people who everyone called a "good guy", one with whom you wanted to be with. He had an exuberant smile and way about him that we will remember fondly always. When I saw the photo of Dave as a kid, I expected to see a bow tie. I thought that he might have been born with it. A bow tie, a winning smile and an exciting greeting - all were David signature. I am so pleased that I was able to be with him on so many occasions. I know his excellent talents as an Extension faculty well. I know that he was a wonderful, inspirational teacher - as he passed on some outstanding students to me to hire.
The world is so much better because he was with us. Those of us in the forestry profession have been especially blessed.
We wish Dave's family well as you deal with your loss. Our thoughts are with you.
Bob Edmonds
March 19, 2020
Dave looking over the forests of West Virginia during a 2009 conference field tour.
Goodness, how sad to hear today of Dave's passing. I will remember him as quick with a smile and with words both witty and wise. Dave encouraged all those around him to reach beyond, to think more deeply, and to pursue their potential. I think of him often and will remember him well.
Eli Sagor
March 19, 2020
Dave looking out over the forests of West Virginia at a 2009 conference field tour.
Eli Sagor
March 19, 2020
The Southern Extension forestry contingent acknowledges a great loss to the forestry community with Dave's passing. His work, relationships, professional mark and humility will last to the ages.
mark megalos
March 19, 2020
Sad news. I will always remember Dave for his generosity, kindness, and love of the outdoors, forests and forestry, and for his forestry colleagues. I'll mostly remember how appreciated Dave was for his caring and mentoring of colleagues and students alike. Sorry about Dave, Anne Marie. Please know friends and colleagues are thinking of you.
Bob Ricard,
March 19, 2020
I was privileged to call Dave both friend and colleague for some 40 years: first when he was Yale Forest student manager, later when we served as State Extension Foresters in adjacent states. I can honestly say I never had a colleague I enjoyed working with more, or whose approach to life I tried harder to emulate. To say I am better off having known him is a woefully inadequate description of the profound impact he had on my life.
I will indeed celebrate his life, but I will also grieve, for the world is certainly worse off without him.
Steve Broderick
March 19, 2020
I'm deeply saddened to learn of Dave's passing. I first met Dave in 1997 at the Coverts program he ran at Harvard Forest. He was a stellar state Extension Forester and hero to many Bay State forest landowners. My sincere sympathy to Dave's family on your loss.
Matt Barron
March 18, 2020
Oh Dave K. It really is true that only the good die young. You are truly one of a kind. Heartfelt sympathy to the entire family. Rest now....then Fish, hike and camp. Your smile will stay with me always.
Carolyn Safarik
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