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2016 Hall of Fame

The LSU Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association (FWFAA) honored three of its distingued alumni at its recent annual meeting on 7 May 2016 at LSU. This year’s inductees to the LSU Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association Hall of Fame are Mr. John D. Newsom, Dr. Ben Box, and Mr. Gaston Lanaux.

Dr. Ken Krauss was selected as the Alumnus of the Year for 2016

Dr. Jay Huner and Mr. Larry A. Reynolds were awarded the title of "Honorary Member" of the FWFAA in recognition of their dedication and service to the School of Renewable Natural Resources, its students, research, stakeholders, and mission.

Mr. John D. Newsom

John Newsom was born in Shongaloo, Louisiana in 1920. He attended public schools in the area and graduated from Shongaloo High School in 1937. His attendance in the Louisiana Polytechnic Institute from 1940 to 1941 was interrupted when WW II began, and he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1942. Mr. Newsom served throughout the Pacific theater of Operations and was honorably discharged in 1945.

In June of 1946 Mr. Newsom entered Louisiana State University and was awarded the B.S. degree in 1948. He continued in the graduate program at LSU and was awarded the M.S. degree in Wildlife Management in 1949. Upon graduation he was employed by the La. Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries on July 1, 1949 as the Leader for the Mourning Dove Project. In 1953 he was appointed as District Supervisor of the Alexandria District and, while in this position, the initial concept of allowing public hunting on lands leased to the La. Wildlife and Fisheries Commission was initiated on his area. In 1957 Mr. Newsom was appointed as Federal Aid Coordinator for the La. Wildlife and Fisheries Commission and was responsible for the entire game management program for the Commission.

A strong advocate of good game management practices, he advocated the initiation of either sex deer hunting in Louisiana. In 1962 the Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit was established at Louisiana State University, and Mr. Newsom was selected by the operating agencies to serve as Leader of the Unit. Numerous graduate students served under him in their academic and research programs dealing with game management programs in Louisiana.

PHOTO: Dr. Allen Rutherford (left) inducts John D. Newsom (center) into the LSU-FWF Hall-of-Fame. Also pictured is Dr. Don Reed (back) and Mike Newson (right)

Dr. Ben Box

Dr. Box is a native of Bogalusa, Louisiana. He attended public school and graduated from Bogalusa High School in 1949. His attendance at Southeastern Louisiana College was interrupted in 1951 by a four year enlistment in the United States Air Force, which included a one year tour of duty in Korea. After his honorable discharge in January, 1955 he enrolled in Forestry at LSU. Upon graduation from LSU in 1957 with a B.S. degree in Forestry, he was hired by the LSU School of Forestry as an instructor and was stationed at Lee Memorial Forest near Bogalusa, where he was later promoted to Forest Silviculturist, Associate Professor and Manager. In 1959, he received his Master of Forestry degree from LSU. He completed his doctorate in Forest Silvics at Duke University in 1965. In 1969, he was appointed as Associate Specialist and Coordinator of Forestry Extension at LSU and was stationed in Baton Rouge.

In 1972, he accepted the position of Executive Vice President of the Southern Forest Institute, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1979, he was appointed Dean of the College of Forest and Recreation Resources at Clemson University, a position he held for 16 years. Additionally, he was the Vice President/Vice Provost for Agricultural and Natural Resources for one year. In 1994, Dr. Box headed the continued development consortium of the University Center of Greenville in South Carolina. He served as Executive Director/CEO, of this consortium of seven universities, which offered university courses with graduate and undergraduate degrees. He retired in 1998 as Executive Director.

Dr. Box served on the board of the South Carolina Forestry Commission in various capacities, including Chairman of the Board, for 35 years and until his retirement in 2013. He is a member of the South Carolina Forestry Association, and has served as both President and Chairman of the Board. He was named LSU Alumnus of the Year in 1997 by the faculty of the LSU School of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries.

PHOTO: Dr. Ben Box is inducted into the LSU FWF Hall of Fame.

Mr. Gaston Lanaux, III

Gaston Lanaux is a lifelong resident of Tangipahoa Parish. Mr. Lanaux graduated from Southeastern High School in Hammond, LA in 1963. He received his B.S. Forestry from LSU in 1968. While at LSU, Gaston was a founding father, treasurer, and president of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity social fraternity.

Gaston joined the National Guard in 1968, and received an Honorable Discharge in 1974. Gaston was employed by Crown Zellerbach Corp. from 1968 until 1983. In 1983, Gaston resigned his position as Manager, purchased Wood East, to start his own Forestry Consulting Firm. Gaston represented Weyerhaeuser at the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and at the Louisiana Forestry Association. He served as President and Member of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Forestry Association and of FOR PAC – the political action arm of the Louisiana Forestry Association. He is a life member of the Society of American Foresters and Past Chair of the Southeast Louisiana Chapter.

PHOTO: Mr. Gaston Lanoux III is inducted into the LSU FWF Hall of Fame. (Left to Right): Dr. Allen Rutherford, Mrs. Melanie Lanoux, Gaston Lanoux III, and Dr. Bill Kelso

2016 Alumnus of the Year

Dr. Ken Krauss

Dr. Krauss completed an M.S. in Forestry at Louisiana State University in 1997, and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2004. He has been a scientist with the federal government since 1997, first with the USDA Forest Service in Stoneville, Mississippi and, then, in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he studied sedimentation, systematics, regeneration, growth, invasion biology, and ecophysiology of Pacific island forested wetlands in the Federated States of Micronesia and Hawaii.

Dr. Krauss began working at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center in 2001 (renamed to USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, or WARC, in 2015), where he maintains an expertise in forest ecology and ecophysiology, and serves as one of NWRC’s climate change scientists focusing on mangroves and tidal freshwater forested wetlands.

Ken has authored over 78 papers on wetland ecology, and served on 22 graduate student committees at 12 different universities, including 5 committees in SRNR since 2012. He currently serves as chair of the technical advisory committee to Louisiana CPRA designing and monitoring coastal restoration.

PHOTO: Dr. Ken Krauss (MS Forestry, 1997) center, was recognized as the FWF 2016 Alumnus of the Year, Presenting the award are Dr. Jim Chambers (left) and Dr. Allen Rutherford (right)

Honorary Membership

Dr. Jay Huner

Dr. Jay van Huizen Huner of Boyce, LA, received his BS, cum laude, in Zoology and Physiology in 1968. He immediately entered grad school to obtain a MS, but enlisted into the Air Force before completing his thesis. He returned to enter the LSU MS Fisheries Program, but transferred to the Doctoral Program in Marine Sciences, where he completed his Ph. D. Dr. Huner went to work at Southern University – Baton Rouge and subsequently became the Director of the Crawfish Research Center at USL (ULL). In 2000, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in Natural Sciences from the University of Kuopio in Kuopio, Finland.

Over the years, Dr. Huner worked extensively with Dr. Robert Romaire of the School of Renewable Natural Resources, w

PHOTO: Dr. Jay Huner (left) accepts Honorary Membership into the FWF Alumni Association from Dr. Allen Rutherford (right)

Mr. Larry A. Reynolds

Mr. Larry A. Reynolds received his BS from University of California-Davis in 1986 and his MS in Wildlife Sciences from Texas A&M in 1989. He entered the Doctoral Program in Wildlife Sciences and Experimental Statistics at LSU in 1989, but accepted a full time position at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries prior to receiving his degree.

Larry currently serves as Waterfowl Study Leader at LDWF. In that position, Larry has been a major supporter of the School of Renewable Natural Resources, serving as guest lecturer, sponsoring multiple graduate student research projects, hosting numerous duck banding trips and field trips for RNR classes, donating banding trips for LSU fundraising, serving as a hunter safety instructor for LSU RNR students, and hiring numerous RNR students as student workers, interns, and full time employees of the Department.

He co-founded the LSU Collegiate Sportsman’s Program, enabling RNR students to participate in their first hunting experience.

PHOTO: Mr. Larry A. Reynolds, Waterfowl Study Leader, LDWF, was elected to honorary membership in the FWFAA


For more information contact, Dr. Luke Laborde, LSU Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association. phone: (225) 578-4146 | fax: (225) 578-4251 | Email: llabor2@tigers.lsu.edu

revised: 07-Feb-2019 7:03