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S. Martin Bronson M.D. Forestry Endowment

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Doc Bronson

Dr. S. Martin Bronson (June 25, 1918 – June 15, 2010) was a long-time radiologist at the Carter County Memorial Hospital and an active nurseryman in northeastern Tennessee.   Dr. Bronson was a native of Brockton, Massachusetts, but lived in Carter County for a number of years. He was a member of the Carter County Physicians Association and the East Tennessee Nurseryman’s Association. Dr. Bronson served with the 4th General Hospital Army Medical Corps during World War II. He was buried with full military honors at the James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center near Johnson City, Tennessee.

Doc Bronson

In the early1960s, Dr. Bronson worked with Professor Eyvind Thor and others to establish a Christmas tree industry in Tennessee.   He had a keen interest in Christmas tree and nursery production and participated in numerous nursery/Christmas tree meetings and field trips.  At these gatherings, Dr. Bronson had a quiet and friendly, demeanor and was known simply as “Doc” by everyone.  He spoke with deep introspective in conversation, yet the delivery was gentle and usually stimulated further discussion.

Doc Bronson

Dr. Bronson also had a keen interest in collegiate education and desired to assist young people in further developing their interest in a forestry career.  He was very grateful for the help that other people gave him during college and wanted to provide support for students interested in obtaining an advanced degree.  This desire was very evident in a 1999 discussion with Dr. Schlarbaum. Dr. Bronson was particularly concerned about disadvantages women with young children might encounter in a field-oriented forestry education that would involve overnight trips away from home.  Proceeds from his generous endowment will be made annually and in accordance with his wishes.

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2011- 2012 Award Recipient

Jason Hogan

Jason Hogan has just completed his first year of his Masters program. His research is located in west Tennessee at the Ames Plantation. Nine bottomland plots were clearcut in 2006 and 2007. Each plot was planted with high-quality, pedigreed hardwood seedlings produced by the University of Tennessee’s Tree Improvement Program. A mixture of different oak species and black walnut were used, and a total of 4, 191 trees were established.  The plots have not been managed after planting, which resulted in heavy competition from other natural regeneration.  Mr. Hogan compared species and families in each plot for growth, survival, and development.  In four plots, additional comparisons between seedlings from wild and orchard seed sources of cherrybark oak were conducted. 

The Dr. F. Martin Bronson Forestry Endowment provided funds to support Mr. Hogan’s research.   The funds were used to hire assistants for locating experimental trees and measuring.   Funds also were used to pay for travel expenses.  Results from the study were presented at a 2012 field trip to the Ames Plantation in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Hardwoods Genomic Group and will be eventually published in a refereed journal.

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