Willard H. Carmean

January 4, 1922December 30, 2017


Age 95 of Oak Park Heights, MN Passed away peacefully on 12/30/2017.

Willard was the son of Elwood and Charlotte Carmean of Snow Hill, Maryland and was preceded in death by his sister, Mary, of Salisbury, Maryland. He is survived by children, Kim, Kelli and Charles; grandchildren, Linnea, Margot, and Claire.

Will was raised in Pennsylvania, and served in France and Germany as a platoon leader with the 14th Armored Division. He earned his undergraduate forestry degree at Penn State, and his M.F. and Ph.D. in forest soils and silviculture at Duke. Will had a long and distinguished career with the Forest Experiment Station of the U.S. Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest, Ohio, Illinois and Minnesota, and served with United Nations Development Programs in Haiti, Greece, Turkey, and Malaysia. In 1979 he joined the Faculty of Forestry at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. During Will's time in Thunder Bay, he spearheaded the preservation of a 2,000- acre old growth white pine forest at Greenwood Lake. He will be greatly missed by his family and his profession.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30PM Tuesday, 1/2/18 at Boutwells Landing, 5600 Norwich Parkway, Oak Park Heights, MN.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Lakeview Hospice.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Willard H. Carmean

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January 10, 2018

To the family of Dr. Willard Carmean.

Just a short note to say how sorry I was to read about the passing of your father and grandfather. You see, I got to know him when I was a student in agriculture (1954 to 1958) at Ohio University in Athens and he was a researcher in forest soils in the small, US Forest Service unit (Wayne National Forest) group that was housed in the, uppermost floor of the old Agriculture Building. I wonder whatever happened to that place with its 10 ft. high ceilings, large windows, steam radiators for heating, and black, oiled wooden floors. Now when recollecting the dates that must have been your dad's first job. Strange isn't it that at least 60 years later I remember most or all of the researchers there, i.e. besides Dr. Willard Carmean, others were Ben Roach, David Funk, and a fellow they called Finn. Some of my other recollections were how they were all obviously proud to be foresters in that they all dressed in Forest Service garb in their offices, labs and in the field. Of all the people there I remember Dr. Carmean the most and there were two obvious reasons for that. You see, he taught both the lectures and labs in our soil's course. I must say that he did an outstanding job at both. (When I read in the Forestry Chronicle that he had taken an appointment at Lakehead University my first thought was just how fortunate those forestry students were to have a professor with such an outstanding reputation as a teacher and researcher). Secondly, I also got to know Dr. Carmean when one semester as an undergraduate I worked part-time in his lab doing mechanical analyses of soils, i.e. determining the percent sand, silt and clay in a soil sample which allows you to determine its drainage, nutrient retention, etc. It was there that I remember how precise and accurate Dr. Carmean was in his research. He instilled in me a love of soils in general and in being as precise as he was in doing my own research. So much so that later (1960 to 1964) when I did my Ph.D. in plant pathology (at WVU in Morgantown) I did a graduate minor in soil science.
After Morgantown I moved to Quebec City doing research on forest nursery diseases, many of which then were soil-borne. Finally, I spent the last 30 years of my career with the Canadian Forest Service working on diseases in forest nurseries, seed orchards and young plantation, in British Columbia, living all the while in Victoria.

As I approach my 81st birthday I realize that none of us live forever, but it is important that we lived and contributed well to society. Willard Carmean exemplified that at its best. Temper your sadness with your memories with of him.

Jack Sutherland

Laurie Garred

January 10, 2018

I was very saddened to learn of Will's passing. My sincere condolences to Kim and family. I knew Willard as a colleague at Lakehead University and as Kim's father. He was a special individual. I admired Will's dedication as a researcher and enjoyed his amazing knowledge of so many places around the world. He will be missed.

Rob Farmer

January 9, 2018

Kim, Kelli and Charles, I enjoyed all my time with Will as colleague and friend, especially our lunch discussions in the faculty lounge; he always drank chocolate milk. And I will miss his presence on our earth.

Rob Farmer

Doug Morris

January 9, 2018

I am saddened by Willard's passing. His passion for Ontario's old-growth forest was unmatched. His legacy lives on among the stately pines of Greenwood Lake. Thank you Will.

Bev Stefureak

January 9, 2018

To Willard's family, my sincere condolences for the loss of your father & grandfather. Willard seemed a gentle man in every sense of the word and it was always a pleasure to work with him on the various committees to which he gave his time. Bev Stefureak (formerly of Lakehead University)

January 9, 2018

Will was a good and contributing member of the Faculty of Forestry. We will always remember his engaging chuckle.
James & Jennifer Kayll

Ladislav Malek

January 9, 2018

It was always very pleasant to run into Will in the halls of Lakehead University and share a story. Hoping to keep the legacy of his favourite old growth forest at Greenwood Lake alive. He will be missed and fondly remembered.

Lada Malek (Biology Department)

Robert Jones

January 9, 2018

My condolences to the family of Dr. Willard Carmean. I wasn't priviledged to ever meet him or his family. He certainly made a great mark on this world.
(My grandfather was Olin Carmean, brother to Elwood.)
Robert Jones, Ocean Pines, MD.

Ian Pattison

January 9, 2018

Kim and family, I valued Will's expertise in forestry and his easygoing friendship. Thinking of you, Ian.

Conchita And Pradip Sarbadhikari

January 9, 2018

To will children and grand children, my husband Pradip Sarbadhikari and I Conchita, enjoyed the fortune of having your father as a friend during our wonderful years at Thunder Bay and at The Lakehead University. Your father was a wonderful Man and a Gentleman. I am writing to you from Calcutta India where we spend Winters. My husband very unfortunately has lost his memory but when I told him about Will Carmean he tried to remember but I have clear memories of Will the way he behave during the sad times of the passing away of his beloved Helen when a man like your father leaves us as the Spanish son says Algo se muere en el alma, cuando un amigo se va.....our most sincere condolences. Pradip and Conchita