To the family of Dr. Willard Carmean.
Just a short note to say how sorry I was to read about the passing of your father and grandfather. You see, I got to know him when I was a student in agriculture (1954 to 1958) at Ohio University in Athens and he was a researcher in forest soils in the small, US Forest Service unit (Wayne National Forest) group that was housed in the, uppermost floor of the old Agriculture Building. I wonder whatever happened to that place with its 10 ft. high ceilings, large windows, steam radiators for heating, and black, oiled wooden floors. Now when recollecting the dates that must have been your dad's first job. Strange isn't it that at least 60 years later I remember most or all of the researchers there, i.e. besides Dr. Willard Carmean, others were Ben Roach, David Funk, and a fellow they called Finn. Some of my other recollections were how they were all obviously proud to be foresters in that they all dressed in Forest Service garb in their offices, labs and in the field. Of all the people there I remember Dr. Carmean the most and there were two obvious reasons for that. You see, he taught both the lectures and labs in our soil's course. I must say that he did an outstanding job at both. (When I read in the Forestry Chronicle that he had taken an appointment at Lakehead University my first thought was just how fortunate those forestry students were to have a professor with such an outstanding reputation as a teacher and researcher). Secondly, I also got to know Dr. Carmean when one semester as an undergraduate I worked part-time in his lab doing mechanical analyses of soils, i.e. determining the percent sand, silt and clay in a soil sample which allows you to determine its drainage, nutrient retention, etc. It was there that I remember how precise and accurate Dr. Carmean was in his research. He instilled in me a love of soils in general and in being as precise as he was in doing my own research. So much so that later (1960 to 1964) when I did my Ph.D. in plant pathology (at WVU in Morgantown) I did a graduate minor in soil science.
After Morgantown I moved to Quebec City doing research on forest nursery diseases, many of which then were soil-borne. Finally, I spent the last 30 years of my career with the Canadian Forest Service working on diseases in forest nurseries, seed orchards and young plantation, in British Columbia, living all the while in Victoria.
As I approach my 81st birthday I realize that none of us live forever, but it is important that we lived and contributed well to society. Willard Carmean exemplified that at its best. Temper your sadness with your memories with of him.