Dr. Richard W. Harris, considered by most to be the "father of arboriculture," has passed away at the age of 92.
Arborists around the world knew Dick as a member of the faculty at the University of California, Davis where he worked in the Environmental Horticulture Department from 1950 – 1986. In addition, Dick served as director of the Parks and Recreation Administrators Institute from 1960-84 and president of the International Society of Arboriculture. He was the author of Arboriculture – The Integrated Management of Landscape Trees, Shrubs and Vines, first published in 1983. Dick was one of the founders of the California Tree Failure Report Program.