Dr. Alan Lucier, Al to his friends and colleagues, died March 27, 2014. Al was 59 and died suddenly at home. Al is survived by his wife, Donna, and their four children, Gregory, Julia, Jennifer, and Peter.
Al was co-founder of the Institute of Forest Biosciences and thoroughly committed to its success. He was our second Board Chairman, and continued to serve on the Board for 13 years. Al was grounded in forestry and environmental science since receiving a PhD in Forest Soils and Tree Nutrition from North Carolina State University. Al worked in the forest products industry and at the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement for over 30 years where he helped lead the research organization as Senior Vice President.
Als long history of environmental work in forestry and the forest products industry made him an expert at bridging the gap between protecting natural resources, and delivering value to corporations. Al demanded a high level of performance from the projects he was involved in, but he never put success above the needs of people. Over the years Al showed us all how to laugh in the face of problems. He had a dry but spot-on sense of humour. It was commonplace for people to gravitate to Al and stick by him, laughing and planning the next move in forestry late into the evening.
Al taught us how to blend results with compassion. He will be greatly missed, but not forgotten.