OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Philanthropist, Forest Service chief added to hall of fame

10/23/1996

CORVALLIS - Jack Ward Thomas, retiring Chief of the U.S. Forest Service, and Anita Summers, a Corvallis philanthropist, have been inducted into the College of Agricultural Sciences Hall of Fame at Oregon State University.

Thomas was cited for his research and leadership in natural resources in Oregon, the U.S., and abroad. He recently announced his intention to resign from the U.S. Forest Service to accept a teaching position at the University of Montana.

He joined the Forest Service in 1966 as a wildlife biologist, coming to Oregon in 1974 as project leader of the Range and Wildlife Habitat Research Unit of the Pacific Northwest Research Station in La Grande. He has published about 250 technical and popular reports, and three books, on his research.

Thomas has maintained a close working relationship with OSU faculty in fisheries and wildlife, forest science, forest resources, and rangeland resources, and he has held a courtesy appointment in the fisheries and wildlife department since 1974.

In addition to his work in the U.S., Thomas has helped with big game surveys in Pakistan, trained wildlife and forestry professionals in India, and represented the United States on a wildlife utilization workshop in Italy. He received OSU's Distinguished Service Award in 1996.

Summers was cited for her contributions to the college, OSU and education in general. She and her late husband, Herb, assisted with the establishment of the Wheat Research Endowed Chair and were among the first to establish an endowed Ag Honors Scholarship. Anita Summers was raised on a farm near Eugene and has an interest in the Summers wheat ranch near Condon.

She is vice president of the E.R. Jackman Foundation, development arm of the College of Agricultural Sciences at OSU. Summers has a particular interest in students and has assisted several in times of need. She also has supported OSU athletics and the campaign to expand the Valley Library.