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In Memoriam

In Memoriam


Dr. Donald L. Burton, Ohio Wildlife Center’s Founder, Chief Veterinarian and Executive Director.  A committed and learned voice on native wildlife health and rehabilitation.  Don received his Bachelor of Science in Zoology, Master’s in Science in Natural Resources and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees all from The Ohio State University.  He also accumulated numerous accolades for his work. Recently, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium dedicated the North America Eagle Habitat in his honor.  He’s also a Jefferson Award Semi-Finalist, an Alumni Citizenship Awardee from The Ohio State University’s Alumni Association and a recent Loveland Schools Distinguished Alum.  

Ray Miller was the former assistant dean of student affairs and the alumni coordinator from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Read a celebration of his life at


Jim McClenahen, Associate Professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources (formerly School of Natural Resources), graduated from Penn State University in 1963 with a BS in forestry, going on to earn a MS degree in silvaculture in 1964. Following his graduation, Jim worked for the U.S. Forest service as a ranger in the Daniel Boone National Forest. He remained there until he was called to serve in the U.S. Army in 1966.  After his discharge, Jim returned to Penn State to earn his a PhD in forest ecology in 1974.
Jim began employment as a postdoc at OSU in 1972. From 1974 until his retirement in 1995, he served as assistant professor then associate professor with SENR (formerly SNR). His work involved research on forest ecosystems and effects of air pollution on tree growth, and he worked with students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Following his retirement, Jim was a dual partner with Dan Houston in Sylvancare Forestry Consultants, and was also an active partner in Hutnik, Davis and McClenahen Consultants until his illness in late 2013.
Jim was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, canoeing, biking and running. He loved backpacking and hiked in many areas in the United States and Canada.