|3/11/2014 2:13:00 PM|
Carl A. Newport
March 9, 1924 - March 5, 2014
Carl A. Newport, longtime Black Butte Ranch resident, passed away quietly at Touchmark in Bend on March 5, 2014 after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. He was four days short of his 90th birthday.
Born on March 9, 1924, in Logansport, Indiana, Carl was the youngest of Lillie and Tom Newport's seven children. He graduated from Logansport High School in 1941 where, with encouragement from a biology teacher, Carl set his sights on becoming a forester, and then enrolled at the University of Michigan.
In 1942, Carl enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces. Two years later, while stationed at an air base in Ainsworth, Nebraska, he met Gwen Remington on his 20th birthday, at the Ainsworth USO, and discovered that it was also Gwen's birthday, her 16th. In 1947, Carl and Gwen were married, Carl received his B.S. in forest management, and they headed west to begin his career as a forester as District Ranger in Gunnison, Colorado. They spent several summers in the Rocky Mountains, living in wall tents and mountain cabins.
In the fall of 1950, the family relocated to Corvallis, Oregon, where Carl pursued his M.S. in forest management. In 1951 he enrolled at New York State College and received his Ph.D. in forest economics. They moved back to Colorado for him to teach forest economics at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. In 1957 he rejoined the U.S. Forest Service, where he spent the next nine years of his career, eventually becoming the Assistant Station Director of the Pacific Northwest Experiment Station. In 1966 he joined the forestry consulting firm Mason, Bruce and Girard, where he remained until retiring in 1994.
His accomplishments were many, having served on the Oregon Governor's Council of Economic Advisors, he was called often to Washington, D.C. to testify and discuss forest policy issues. During those career years many trips were made to Central Oregon, and in 1971 they purchased a lot a Black Butte Ranch and built their home of 38 years.
In retirement he served on the board of directors of the World Forestry Center, and he and Gwen traveled worldwide attending conferences and meetings. He loved the outdoors and photography, often displaying his work at BBR and in Sisters.
Carl is survived by his wife; two sons, Chuck and Jim of Sisters; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
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