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Fred M. White III

Posted By Hall-Wynne On October 27, 2016 @ 12:24 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 4 Comments

Fred Myerle White III died on October 25, 2016 at his home in Carol Woods Retirement Community in Chapel Hill. He was born in 1928 in Memphis TN to Fred M. White Jr and Emma Sudduth White. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ludie Harvey White; his brother George S. White; and his three children, Elizabeth (Bess), Daniel, and Bruce; his six grandchildren; and his four great grandchildren. He earned academic degrees in forestry from the University of the South, Sewanee TN and from Duke University. During his 60 year professional forestry career, he was first employed by Chicago Mill and Lumber Company in Greenville MS as a management forester for lands along the Mississippi River. This was followed by two years as a draftee in the US Army. Fred completed his MF Degree from Duke University, and then served as management forester for the Rome Kraft Company of in Rome Georgia, where he met and wooed his future bride Ludie Harvey. After several years in the forests of Georgia and Alabama he returned to Duke University’s School of Forestry as Director of the Duke Forest, Assistant Professor of Silviculture, and Assistant to the Dean. Next Fred joined North Carolina Forest Service as Section Chief for Management and Development, leading many programs and processes throughout the state. Fourteen years later, he retired and joined a group of young men—including a number of his students from Duke—who created The Forestland Group, a Timber Investment Management Organization which purchases and manages forestland as an investment for many endowment and retirement funds. Fred was Chief Forester for this group and as such eventually oversaw three million acres of forests in North and Central America. Finally at 81 years of age he retired for the third and final time, although he continued to provide counsel for foresters throughout the country during this last “retirement”.
Fred authored or co-authored many important texts and manuals, including the widely acclaimed Textbook of Dendrology, still in use today. Fred was active in legitimizing the forestry profession, helping found the NC Board of Registration for Foresters, which requires foresters practicing within the state to maintain minimum qualifications. In addition, he was active in important local organizations like the Forest Stewards Guild, NC Forestry Association, and Society of American Foresters. His accolades include the Forest Stewards Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, Duke University School of the Environment Distinguished Alumni Award, North Carolina Wildlife Federation Conservationist of the Year, and NC Society of Consulting Foresters’ Forester of the Year.
Fred’s love and knowledge of the forests of eastern North America were exceeded only by his enduring love and devotion to Ludie and his family. He and Ludie shared a passion for the outdoors; once the children were grown, their vacations and free time were spent camping and hiking in the forests of North America, Ireland, and Switzerland.
A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 2 pm at Carol Woods, 750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill NC. The family welcomes friends to a reception following the service in the reception parlor at Carol Woods.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Triangle Land Conservancy or the Forest Stewards Guild. https://triangleland.org/ or http://forestguild.org.

Condolences for the family of “Fred M. White III”

Condolence from mark megalos on October 28th, 2016 9:22 am

Dear Ludie and Family:

With greatest sympathies and joy for a life well-lived, your family has been in my/our thoughts since Michi shared the news with us early this week. Thank you all for sharing this great man and mentor with the world. His wisdom, wit and humor lives on in all of us blessed to have share time with him and your family.

While I won’t be present for the memorial service… teaching and extending to landowners that day in Raleigh( noon) then Roanoke Rapids (supper), I did want to share from my dissertation acknowledgements about what I wrote about Fred back in 1999.

listed under the Mentors, Cheerleaders and Emotional Supporters was Fred White: “Standard bearer of excellence in forestry and humanity.”

In talking with Rick this week I said Fred was a good one and will be missed. No, he said, he was the best!
I stand corrected.

Peace be with you,

Mark and Betsy Megalos,

Condolence from carol redelsheimer on October 28th, 2016 6:22 pm

I never had the opportunity to meet or know Fred, although his reputation – and the high regard in which he is held by foresters I do have the honor to know – speaks for itself. His legacy will certainly endure. Please accept my sincere condolences,
Carol Redelsheimer
Yarmouth, Maine

Condolence from Ron Frebis on October 31st, 2016 2:52 pm

As his former student and long time friend, I am saddened by his passing. My condolences to his family, I did have the pleasure of meeting them all in my time at Duke. Rest in peace Fred, I’m not ashamed to admit I shed a lot of tears.

Condolence from Betty Joplin on November 1st, 2016 11:25 am

Dear family,

Dear family

I am so sorry to hear about Fred. I knew him

Well in high school. He was a very special

young man and admired by all who knew him .

My prayers are with you all.

Betty Deupree Joplin

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