Thomas “Tom” Siccama, 78, of Shelburne, Vermont, passed away peacefully on October 3, 2014, at Vermont Respite House in Williston with his family by his side. Tom was born July 6, 1936, in Rahway, New Jersey, to Theodore and Alaneda Siccama. As a young boy growing up in rural New Jersey near his grandparents' farm, he enjoyed being outdoors in the forest or spending time with the chickens and garden at the farm. This upbringing inspired his love of nature and the natural world.

Tom earned all of his academic degrees in Botany at the University of Vermont. He then began a postdoctoral position at the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study in the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire. He remained a part of Hubbard Brook for the rest of his life.

Tom joined the faculty of Yale's School of Forestry & Environmental Sciences in 1967,...

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