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George M. Byram ’32

George Byram ’32, April 12, 1996, in Florida. He had a long career in forest fire research with the U.S. Forest Service. After graduation from Reed, he worked at the Pacific Northwest Forest Experiment Station for four years, doing smoke visibility research and designing instruments to measure visibility. In 1935–36, he attended graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, and then returned to work for the Forest Service in Portland. He married Elizabeth Coughlin in 1936 and shortly thereafter they moved to Asheville, North Carolina, where he worked for the Southeastern Forest Experiment Station. He did research on visibility, fire behavior, and high intensity fires, and in 1961 he was transferred to a new laboratory for forest research in Macon, Georgia. He retired in 1968, but continued to work part time for several years. Survivors include his wife, a son, and a daughter.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 1999

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