Alex L. Shigo, Durham, NH
Alex died unexpectedly on October 6 from a fall at his summer home on Mendums Pond.
He was born in Duquesne, PA on May 8,1930. Music was a large part of his life. He was a talented clarinetist and played in the official Air Force Band in Washington, DC for four years during the Korean war. During the time he was on tour in Toronto, Ontario he met his future wife, Marilyn.. They married in 1951 and had 52 years and two wonderful children, Judy and Robert, together.
After his service he returned to Waynesburg College in southwestern Pennsylvania where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree. Then, he continued on to West Virginia University in Morgantown from where he received his Masters and Ph.D in Plant Pathology.
He was hired by the USDA Forest Service where he eventually became Chief Scientist and did his work on decay and discoloration in northern hardwoods. After he retired from the Forest Service he started another career as author and publisher of his many books on tree biology, tree care and tree anatomy. He lectured in many countries of the world and was called “the father of modern arboriculture”. He was responsible for changing the way trees are pruned, resulting in healthier trees because of this technique. Last year our daughter Judy took over the book business and moved it to Snohomish, WA.
Alex is survived by his wife, Marilyn, daughter Judy Smith of Snohomish, WA and her husband Desmond, three children, Duncan, Shannon and Jillian. Our son, Robert Shigo and his wife Paula have two children, Alex and Ellianna and live in Corona, CA. Alex is also survived by his brother, Elmer, of Washington Crossing, PA. and many nieces and nephews from him and Ann and their five children. He also had nephews and a niece from his brother Paul, (deceased) in California.
Family and friends are invited to gather to celebrate the life of Alex at the Sugar Shack on Route 4 just west of the Lee traffic circle, on October 11 from 4-7 PM.
Arrangements are under the direction of Purdy Memorial Chapel, route 4, Lee.
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