Obituary: Thomas Houston, Retired Lecturer in Arboriculture, Urban Forestry

Thomas F. Houston, 73, of Shutesbury, a retired lecturer in arboriculture and urban forestry, died April 24.

Born in Greenfield on Jan. 2, 1944, he graduated from Amherst High School and served in the Marine Corps.

He received an associate’s degree from Stockbridge School of Agriculture in 1967 and bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a certificate of advanced graduate studies from UMass Amherst.

He joined the university in 1973 as a technical assistant in landscape architecture and regional planning, where he became a visiting lecturer in 1980. He moved to forestry and wildlife management in 1992 and retired as a lecturer in natural resources conservation in 2002. He worked intermittently in Continuing Education until 2010.

He was a certified arborist and served as president of the New England chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture in the 1980s.

He leaves his wife of 47 years, Diane; his sister, Nancy Pearce of Williamsburg, Va.; and brother-in-law Kevin Laxer and wife Claudia of Stonington, Conn.

Donations may be made in his name to Bright Spot Therapy Dogs, PO Box 132, Leeds 01053, or to Jackson Laboratories, 600 Main St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609.