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William L. Webb

Past Dean of Graduate Studies


We received word from the family of William L. Webb that the Dean died
Sunday, September 1.

Just a few weeks ago at the Huntington Alumni Reunion, the staff at the Adirondack Ecological Center dedicated a plaque to Dr. Webb and his wife Helen in gratitude for establishing an endowment to benefit students interested in pursuing field work at the Huntington Wildlife Forest.

The following is a copy of the obituary sent to Bill Porter by Dr. Webb's nephew, John Damberg:

Dr. William L. Webb, 88, passed away September 1, 2002, at Bentley Village in Naples, Florida.

Dr. Webb held B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University. He was Dean of Graduate Studies at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York at Syracuse, where he served over a span of 40 years. A highlight of his career was two and a half years at the University of the Philippines, where he headed a group of scientists who assisted the facility with the modernization of their teaching and research programs after World War II. Dr. Webb served as an officer in the Navy during World War II.

After retirement, Dr. Webb and his wife, Helen, moved to Sanibel Island where they were both active in conservation and civic activities for fourteen years. He served as Chairman of the City of Sanibel Vegetation Committee, Chairman and Board of Director member of the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation, and on the Board of Directors at the Ding Darling Conservation Foundation before moving to Bentley Village in Naples.

Dr. Webb also served on the seven-member committee of scientists appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to develop regulations to implement the National Forest Management Act of 1976. He was a consultant to the President’s Panel on Timber and the Environment, and was honored by the Gulf Oil Company as one of the top twenty conservationists in the country in 1983.

Dr. Webb was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years, Helen S. Webb, in 2001. Dr. Webb is survived by his sister, Eleanor Kuch and nieces Joanne Jones and Marilyn Kaiser, and nieces Betty Martin and Gina Damberg and her husband John.

A memorial service will be held at the West Clubhouse at Bentley Village September 28 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to The Bill and Helen Webb Huntington Field Apprentice Endowed Fund in care of the ESF College Foundation, Inc.