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Memoir

Patrick C. West
Regents' Proceedings 312

Patrick C. West, Ph.D., associate professor of natural resources and the Samuel T. Dana Associate Professor of Outdoor Recreation in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, will retire from active faculty status on May 31, 2000.

A native of Minnesota, Professor West received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Minnesota in 1967 and 1969, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree from Yale University in 1975. He joined the University of Michigan faculty as an assistant professor of outdoor recreation in 1977 and was promoted to associate professor in 1982 and associate professor with tenure in 1983. He was director of Camp Filibert Roth from 1983-84 and was named the Samuel T. Dana Associate Professor of Outdoor Recreation in 1989.

Professor West is known for his teaching in natural resource/environmental sociology and outdoor recreation. His research focuses on the sociological aspects of resource development and protection in relation to economic development and rural poverty both in the U.S. and in developing countries, with a special focus on social justice and natural resource/environmental issues. Recently, he has conducted research on implementing measures to reduce risk to Afro-American anglers from toxic fish in the Detroit River and on natural resources based community development programs for the Ojibway Village of Inger on the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota.

Professor West taught courses in forest recreation resource management, environmental natural resources and behavior, integrated field studies, social impact analysis, applied behavioral and social science, integrative problem solving, and outdoor recreation tourism and ecodevelopment. He was a member of 35 student thesis, practicum or dissertation committees and chaired 14 Ph.D. and 21 Master's committees. He received a Certificate of Appreciation from the University of Michigan Council on Disability Concerns in 1993.

The Regents salute this distinguished scholar by naming Patrick C. West associate professor emeritus of natural resources and the Samuel T. Dana associate professor emeritus of outdoor recreation.