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Ellwood Scott Harrar


Ellwood Scott Harrar, American educator. Recipient Government's citation for outstanding contributions to forestry North Carolina, 1966.


Harrar, Ellwood Scott was born on January 18, 1905 in Pittsburgh. Son of Ellwood Scott and Lucetta Elsie (Sterner) Harrar.


Student Oberlin College, 1922-1924. Bachelor of Science, New York State College Forestry, 1927, Master of Science, 1928, Doctor of Philosophy., 1936. Doctor of Science (honorary), Syracuse University 1961.


Assistant dendrology and wood technical New York State College Forestry, Syracuse, 1926-1928. Instructor forest products U. Washington, Seattle, 1928-1932, assistant professor, 1933-1936. Research associate West Coast Lumbermen’s Association, 1928-1932.

Project coordinator Civilian Conservation Corps, New Jersey, 1933. Associate professor wood technology Duke, Durham, North Carolina, 1936-1945, professor wood tech, 1945-1967, dean School Forestry, 1957-1967, James B. Duke professor wood science, 1967-1974, emeritus, since 1975. Chief materials and process labs. airplane div.

Curtiss-Wright Corporation, Louisville, 1942-1943, chief administrative engineer, 1943-1945. Veneer, plywood consultant C.E. United States Army, Southeastern div., Atlanta, 1952-1965. Consultant United States Army Biological Laboratory, Fort Detrick, Fredrick, Maryland., 1961-1968.


  • Author: (with C.J. Hogue) Douglas Fir Use Book, 1930. Forest Dendrology, 1933. (with J.G. Harrar) Guide to Southern Trees, 1946, review edit., 1962.

    (with others) Forest Products, 1950, review edit., 1962. (with W.M. Harlow) Textbook of Dendrology, review edit., 1968. Hough Ency of American Woods, Vols.

    I-VII, 1957-1975. Contributor Encyclopedia British, Encyclopedia Americana, also to science and professional journals.


Member forest products task force President’s Bipartisan Common for Increased Use Agriculture Products, 1956-1958. Member Gov’s Advisory Committee Forestry for North Carolina. Fellow Society American Foresters (committee for standardization tree names 1945-1950).

Member Society Wood Scientists and Technologists, International Society Tropical Foresters, International Association Wood Anatomists (secretary-trees. 1938-1945), Forest Products Research Society (chairman pro tem Carolinas-Chesapeake section 1948, sec.treas. 1950-1953; Rotarian.

Club: Torch (president 1974-1975) (Durham).


Married Marion Green, September 10, 1927. Children: Joanne, Carolyn.

Ellwood Scott Harrar

Lucetta Elsie (Sterner) Harrar

Marion Green

Joanne Harrar

Carolyn Harrar