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Thomas J. Corcoran

Thomas J. Corcoran

Thomas J. Corcoran served on the forestry faculty of the University of Maine from 1961 until his death in January of 1996. He was educated in forestry and forest economics at Michigan Technological University and Purdue University. At the University of Maine, he served as assistant, then associate director of the School of Forest Resources from 1965 to 1971. He created and served as co-administrator of the Forest Engineering Program from 1972 to 1996 and he chaired the Department of Forest Management from 1988 to 1995. In 1968, he was named full professor; one of the youngest at the University of Maine. During his time at the University, he chaired 55 masters and PhD committees for students from 24 different universities worldwide. In addition, he was an internationally renowned scholar of forestry and forest engineering.

He was a gifted teacher who took time and patience to guide young men and women to find and develop the best in themselves. He followed with pride the accomplishments of many of his former students throughout their careers; often giving advice, a pat on the back and/or a letter of recommendation.

In addition to his professional life, he was married and the father of four children; of whom he was very proud.

The sugar house was opened shortly after the death of Professor Corcoran. It was given the name "Thomas J. Corcoran Sugar House" by the staff and students at that time, nothing could have pleased him more.


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University Forests Office
252 Nutting Hall
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469-5755
Phone:  207-581-2887 | Fax: 207-581-2875


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