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2007 Hall of Fame

Dr. Paul Burns

Dr. Paul Y. BurnsBorn in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Paul Y. Burns earned a B.S. at the University of Tulsa in 1941 and began work on an M.F. at Yale University. Enlisting in the Army Air Corps in 1942, he served as a weather officer in Europe during WW II, returning to Yale in 1945 to finish his M.F. and to begin Ph.D. studies in forestry, which he completed in 1949. He began a 38-year career in forestry education in 1948 at the University of Missouri. Seven years later he was recruited by LSU as professor and Director of its School of Forestry, serving for nearly 22 years as Director. Retiring in 1986, he became professor emeritus and was elected Honorary Alumnus by the LSU Forestry-Wildlife-Fisheries Alumni Association. At LSU Dr. Burns regularly taught remote sensing, mensuration, and forest policy, and occasionally taught other forestry courses. He taught every B.S.F. LSU graduate 1956-1987. Major professor for 20 graduate students, he is author or co-author of 117 publications.

Dr. Burns is sketched in several Who’s Who biographies, including Who’s Who in America, in the South and Southwest, in the World, and in Science and Engineering. A member of honor societies Sigma Xi, Xi Sigma Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi, he received the Distinguished Alumnus award from the University of Tulsa in 1974. An active member of the Society of American Foresters since 1946, he was named a Fellow in 1986 and received an award for Distinguished Service to Forestry from the Gulf States Section in 1989. His work in the SAF has included membership chair, secretary, and vice-chair of the Ozark Section; historian of the Gulf States Section; chair of the Louisiana SAF; and chair of the national Accrediting and the Definition-of-Forestry committees.

As a community service volunteer, Dr. Burns received the Powell-Reznikoff Humanitarian Award from the Baton Rouge Council on Human Relations, the Wade Mackie Peacemaking Award from the Bienville House Center for Peace and Justice, a Volunteer Activist Award from the Baton Rouge Speech & Hearing Foundation, and a Brotherhood Award from the Baton Rouge Chapter of the NCCJ. He founded Operation Hope in 1970, a local nonprofit self-help organization for low-income families, and served as one of its officers for 34 years. He was Chair of the YMCA-YWCA Advisory Board at LSU and the Southwest Faculty Conference; President of the LSU Chapter, AAUP; member of the Human Needs Committee, Baton Rouge Goals Congress; member of the Board of Directors, Louisiana Conference of Churches; Program Chair and General Chair, Mt. Sequoyah Ecumenical Mission Conference; President of the Louisiana Council on Human Relations; Treasurer of the Bienville House Center for Peace and Justice; President and driver for THE FISH organization, providing transportation locally for low-income persons; and adviser, Lao Association of Baton Rouge. He is member of several local and national civic organizations. He has served 54 years as an Elder and 30 years as a lay preacher in the Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Thomas Hansbrough

Dr. Thomas HansbroughBorn in Greenfield, Tennessee in 1923 Thomas Hansbrough served during World War II as a pilot in the Pacific Theater with the Marines. He completed his B.S.F. degree at LSU in 1949 and accepted a research position in forestry with the North La. Hill Farm Experiment Station, Homer. In 1952 he was called to active duty during the Korean conflict. He returned to his LSU research position in 1955 while continuing as a reserve officer. In 1960 he joined the forestry faculty in Baton Rouge. LSU awarded him the M.F. in 1957 and the Ph.D. in sociology in 1961. He was promoted to professor. He taught dendrology, forest ecology, and artificial reforestation and served as major professor for 20 graduate students.

In 1970 Hansbrough was called as Department Chair of the University of Kentucky’s new Department of Forestry, where he was able to help it become accredited. In December 1976 he returned to LSU as Director of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Management, where he concentrated his efforts into acquiring a new building for the School’s crowded programs. With a great deal of effort and diplomatic skill at dealing with many kinds of people, Hansbrough succeeded in getting approval by the legislature and the governor of $8.3 million for a new Forestry-Wildlife-Fisheries building in 1983; the building was finished in 1986. Hansbrough retired in July 1988, becoming Director Emeritus and Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Hansbrough received many honors during his long career in forestry education. The LSU Forestry-Wildlife-Fisheries Alumni Association named him Alumnus of the Year in 1983. He joined the Society of American Foresters in 1955, attended numerous SAF meetings, and encouraged colleagues and students to be active in their professional associations. In 1982 he received the Distinguished Service to Forestry award in Louisiana, and in 1990 he was elected Fellow in the SAF. He was a member of the Louisiana Forestry Commission and the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Forestry Association 1977-88. He served on the Advisory Board, USDA Cooperative Forestry Research 1978-8. He was Chair, Southern Region, National Association of Professional Forestry Schools & Colleges 1977; Chair, Kentucky Forest Council 1974; Secretary-Treasurer, Kentucky Conservation Council 1974-76; member, Forest Commission, Kentucky Farm Bureau, Natural Resources Commission, Kentucky Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Protection 1972-76. Author or co-author of 35 technical and scientific articles, he was a member of four honor societies. As head of LSU’s forestry, wildlife, and fisheries educational programs, he took a keen interest in the welfare of the School alumni and of his faculty colleagues.

Col. Hansbrough served as Vice-President, Baton Rouge Chapter, Reserve Officers Association 1964-65; as a member of the Baton Rouge Chapter, Navy League; and as President of the LSU Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association 1989-90. After he retired he maintained his strong interest in the welfare of the School of Renewable Natural Resources and in its alumni association.

Dr. Norwin Linnartz

Dr. Norwin LinnartzBorn in Comal County, Texas, Norwin E. Linnartz served in the U.S. Navy 1944-46. He earned a B.S. in range management at Texas A. & M. in 1953, and after working as a range conservationist with the Soil Conservation Service in Texas and Louisiana, he earned his M.F. in 1958 and Ph.D. at LSU in 1961. He served on the LSU School of Forestry faculty 1961-92. He worked half-time as assistant dean of the LSU Graduate School 1977-80. Retired in 1992, he was recalled to LSU as Interim Director of the School of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries from 1997 until 2000. Dr. Linnartz taught forest soils, silviculture, reforestation, and bottomland hardwoods management and was major professor for 19 graduate students. Author or coauthor of 56 scientific and technical publications, he served as editor of two volumes of the Proceedings of the annual LSU Forestry Symposium. He presented numerous talks on various aspects of forest management to foresters and to the general public.

In 1995 the LSU Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association named Dr. Linnartz its Alumnus of the Year. He received many other awards, especially from the Society of American Foresters, in which he was a volunteer leader for 43 years. He was elected Fellow in 1983. In 1978 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Gulf States Section and in 1998 the national John Beale Memorial Award for promoting forestry though voluntary service to the Society of American Foresters. At the state and chapter level, he chaired and edited the newsletter of the Gulf States Section, the Louisiana Chapter, and several committees. He held many national offices and positions, including membership on the SAF Council 1980-83 and several national SAF committees. He chaired the SAF Ethics Committee, the Student Affairs Committee, and the 1976 national convention Registration Committee. Honor societies to which Dr. Linnartz belonged include Xi Sigma Pi, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma Sigma Delta, and Alpha Zeta. He was a Fellow in the American Association for Advancement of Science and was sketched in Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and American Men and Women in Science. He was a member of the Forest Farmers Association, Louisiana Forestry Association, Society for Range Management, Soil Science Society of America, and Ecological Society of America.

Professional accomplishments of Dr. Linnartz include helping to educate approximately 800 professional foresters, charter membership and holding an office in the Southern Forest Soils and Southern Forest Environment Research Councils, and membership on the editorial advisory committee of Forests and People magazine. His community activities involved being a volunteer docent, LSU Alumni Center; executive secretary, LSU School of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association; service on the diaconate of his Baton Rouge church; and a participant in the Livingston Parish Forest Awareness program for school children.

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