Dr. Fred B. Knight

Posted March 02, 2014, at 6:04 p.m.

SCARBOROUGH – Fred Barrows Knight, 88, passed away Feb. 25, 2014, at Holbrook in Piper Shores after a long illness. He was born Dec. 12, 1925, in Waterville. His parents were Stephen C. Knight Sr. and Mildred E. (Barrows) Knight. He was married 68 years to the former Jane Wooster from Bangor.

Fred graduated from Waterville High School In 1943 and immediately joined the U.S. Navy and was sent to Harvard University for the Navy V12 program. After receiving his commission as Ensign he served on the USS Satterlee (DD626), a destroyer, in the Pacific campaign. He later served on the USS Massey (DD 778) in the Atlantic. He stayed in the Naval Reserve for many years after the war and retired as a Commander.

After the war he returned to school and received his BS in Forestry from the University of Maine in 1949. He went on to Duke University and there received his Master’s and Doctorate in Forestry. His specific concentration was in Forest Entomology and Forest Measurements. His career in Forestry began with The U.S. Forest Service. He spent 10 years with the Forest Service, starting at the SE Experiment Station in Asheville, NC but spending most of these years at the Rocky Mountain Experiment Station in Fort Collins, Colo.

He began his academic career in 1960 as a faculty member in the Department of Forestry, School of Natural Resources, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. He became the Director of the School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine in 1972 and served as Dean of this school until his retirement in 1990.

Dr. Knight authored and co-authored over 110 publications including the textbook, “Principles of Forest Entomology.” His widely recognized research resulted in a number of awards from the Forest Service, National Science Foundation, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association of State College and University Forestry Research Organizations. He has been recognized for his role as teacher and mentor for literally hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students. As a professor he was widely loved and respected by his students.

Since 1990, Fred enjoyed his retirement years by getting back to playing his clarinet in a number of bands, enjoying more time at his cottage on Holbrook Pond, learning to play golf and spending time travelling to different parts of the world. In June of 2011, he and his wife left the Bangor/Orono area and moved to Piper Shores to be near family.

He was predeceased by his parents and his daughter, Mary Jane (Knight) Cushman. He is survived by his wife, Jane W. Knight of Scarborough; brother, Stephen C. Knight Jr. of South Burlington, Vt.; daughter, Susan L. Knight and her husband, Ronald M. Hughes, of Scarborough; and his son, James W. Knight and his wife, Michelle Horino, of Louisville, Colo. He is survived by his four grandchildren, Heather Cushman Dowdee and her husband, J. Kevin Dowdee, of Los Angeles; grandson, David Knight Cushman, of Jacksonville, Fla.; granddaughter, Caitlin Horino Knight; and grandson, Ethan Horino Knight, both of Louisville, Colo. He has four great-grandchildren, Isobel, Fiona, Gwyneth, and Ean Dowdee all of Los Angeles. He is survived by son-in-law, David C. Cushman of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; sister-in-law, Judith Wooster Carr and her husband, Joseph Carr, of Cushing; and three nephews, Stephen E. Knight of South Burlington, Vt., and his wife, Linda Knight, Timothy Carr and his wife, Sue Wright, of Brunswick, and Daniel Carr of Schenectady, N.Y.

The family wishes to thank Piper Shores, Holbrook, and Maine Medical Center for their excellent care and compassion.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date at All Souls Congregational Church in Bangor. The family suggests those who wish to remember Fred in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the Fred B. Knight and Jane W. Knight Forestry scholarship fund, care of the University of Maine Foundation, Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469-5792, the ASPCA or your local animal shelter. A service of Brookings-Smith, Bangor.

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