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(November 30, 2000, Gazette)

Grenfell's forest centre dedication

The family of late Dr. John HudakPhoto by Don Meiwald

The family of late Dr. John Hudak

Two veterans of the Canadian Forest Service (CFS) were honoured in a dedication ceremony at Grenfell College's Forest Centre last month. About 70 colleagues and friends attended the ceremony, which dedicated two rooms to Dr. W. Joe Carroll and the late Dr. John Hudak.

Dr. Carroll began his career with the CFS as a seasonal employee in the Terra Nova Logging Service. In 1948, he became the Newfoundland Forest Protection Association insect control officer. He retired in 1984 after 18 years as the regional director of the Newfoundland and Labrador region of the CFS. The next year, he received an honorary doctor of laws from Memorial University at Grenfell's convocation ceremonies.

Dr. Hudak began his career with the CFS as a pathologist in 1963. After obtaining his doctorate, he worked as a research scientist and later became program manager of the Newfoundland and Labrador region. In 1992, he received a commemorative medal from the Government of Canada in recognition of his significant contribution to Canada. He retired from the CFS in March of 1997 and passed away in November of that same year. He has been recognized throughout Canada for his enthusiasm, commitment and outstanding dedication to the CFS. The effect he had on those who knew him and worked with him is best described in a quote by Thomas Carlyle: “When the oak is felled, the whole forest echoes with its fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.”

(L-R) Gerrit van Raalte, Dr. Yvan Hardy and Dr. W. J. (Joe) Carroll
Photo by Don Meiwald

(L-R) Gerrit van Raalte, Dr. Yvan Hardy and Dr. W. J. (Joe) Carroll

Dr. Yvan Hardy, assistant deputy minister of Natural Resources Canada, Gerrit van Raalte, director general of Natural Resources Canada (Canadian Forest Service, Atlantic) and Dr. Carroll unveiled a plaque and photograph which will be mounted in the Dr. W. J. (Joe) Carroll Meeting Room.

Similarly, Dr. Hardy, Dr. John Munro, retired director general Newfoundland region, and the Hudak family unveiled a plaque and photograph which will be mounted in the Dr. John Hudak Reading Room.

In addition, a memorial tree was planted outside the Forest Centre to honour colleagues who have passed away. Photographs of Dr. Carroll and Dr. Munro, both former directors general, are permanently displayed in the second floor corridor of the Forest Centre.

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