Jan. 28, 2015 – Professor Emeritus Otis F. Hall died on Jan. 23 in Blacksburg, Virginia, at age 93.
Hall served as head of Virginia Tech’s Department of Forestry and Wood Products from 1974 to 1984 and taught in what is now the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation in the College of Natural Resources and Environment until his retirement in 1991. He specialized in forest management and was among the nation’s first to apply computer technology to enhance forest inventory and management decisions.
Hall was the consummate steward of natural resources and rode a bicycle to campus and around town well into his 1980s, usually in his “ageless” Bermuda shorts, remembers Lynn Davis, director of communications for the college, who worked with Hall on the Jefferson National Forest Plan for the U.S. Forest Service before coming to Virginia Tech.
“Otis provided expertise for forest plans and a calm public presence at the Forest Service public forums,” Davis said. “He was a scholar and a gentleman, and in today’s polarized political world, his skills in bringing fractious parties to agreement would be manna in the wilderness.” (continue reading......)
Professor Emeritus Otis Frederick Hall