Alumnus John Laurence Retires From the U.S. Forest Service
Plant Pathology alumnus John Laurence (MS 1973, PhD 1976) retired from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) on September 30, 2015. After leaving the Univeristy of Minnesota's Department of Plant Pathology, Laurence joined Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) where he was a plant pathologist. He also held an appointment as an adjunct professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at Cornell University and as a member of the graduate fields of Plant Pathology, Natural Resources, and Environmental Toxicology. After 25 years at BTI, Laurence joined the USFS to manage research programs at the Pacific Northwest Research Station in Corvallis, and then Portland, Oregon. After 10 years as a Program Manager, he moved to the land management side of the USFS, serving as acting director of Resource Planning and Monitoring and acting Forest Supervisor of the Umatilla National Forest. Laurence then became Forest Supervisor of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in Baker City, Oregon. He finished his career as Special Assistant to the Regional Forester for Landscape Resto ration and Resilience.