Vignettes from the Past


My long-time counterpart on the WFIWC history committee, Boyd Wickman, and I have a similar professional history that goes back to mid-1900s. We both started out at the Berkeley Forest Insect Lab when Paul Keen (1890-1980) and John Miller (1882-1952) were still there. Miller, a graduate of Stanford, was hired by Andrew D. Hopkins (who started it all) in 1911. Keen, a University of California graduate, came on board in 1915. Boyd and I also happen to share an interest in preserving what now can only be described as vignettes of earlier days. Some are our own recollections and material that we retained; other items have come by various circumstances including original photos, correspondence and reports deposited in the WFIWC archives. I also inherited material possessed by my brother, Robert L. Furniss, a person of historical prominence. Typically, these stories do not fit other outlets and are longer than the format that I adopted for the Photos/History link. They begin with the recollections of William F. (Bill) McCambridge who was the first forest entomologist stationed in Alaska. He provided it at my request prior to his passing in 2007.


Malcolm Furniss
History Committee Co-Chairman
December 2014


Bill McCambridge -- First Forest Entomologist Stationed in Alaska

H.E. Burke -- The Greatest Need in Western Forest Entomology (1925 - bark beetle attractants & repellants)

Early Use of the Airplane for Surveying Insect Damage