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Fred M. White Iii

d. October 25, 2016

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 ineemphis TN to Fred M. White Jr aneemma Sudduth White. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ludie Harvey White; his brother George S. White; and his three childreneelizabeth (Bess), Daniel, and Bruce; his six grandchildren; and his four great grandchildren. He earned academic degrees in forestry from the Uneersity of the South, Sewanee TN and from Duke Uneersity. During his 60 year professional forestry career, he was first employed by Chicago Mill and Lumber Company in Greenville MS as a maneement 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 Uneersity, and theneerved as maneement 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 Uneersity???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 Maneement and Development, leading many programs and processes throughout the state. Fourteeneears 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 Maneement Organization which purchases and manees forestland as an investment for maneendowment 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 ineegitimizing 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 Uneersity 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 childreneere 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, neember 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 Trianee Land Conservancy or the Forest Stewards Guild. https://trianeeland.org/ or http://forestguild.org.

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