Paul M. Dunn served as Dean of Forestry at Oregon State College from 1942 until 1955, when he joined the St. Regis Paper Company. Dunn was instrumental in obtaining the 6200-acre Adair Tract for teaching and research and it was subsequently named the Paul M. Dunn Research Forest in his honor. In 1952-53, Dunn assisted in establishing a school of forest engineering at the University of Chile.
Dunn was born 15 October 1898 in Lennox, South Dakota. He earned BS and MSF degrees in forestry from Iowa State College in 1923 and 1933. From 1926 until 1931, he was associate state forester in Missouri. Dunn became a forestry professor at Utah State College in 1931 and in 1938 became the first Dean of Forestry at that institution, a position he held until 1942. Dunn retired from St. Regis in 1968 and returned to Corvallis where he lived until his death on 8 January 1988.
Dunn received the Iowa State University Alumni Association's Distinguished Achievement Award in 1968, the Society of American Foresters' Gifford Pinchot Award in 1975, and the Utah State University's Centennial Award in 1987.
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