Berryman, Jack H. (Deceased)
Jack was born on July 28, 1921, in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has two grown children: Marjorie Porter and Richard. He married June Featherstone, a former classmate at Westminster College, in 1982. June had been actively involved in Jack’s work and was well known in wildlife circles. Jack received an AA degree from Westminster College in Salt Lake City in 1940 and a BS degree and MS degree in ecology from the University of Utah in 1947. His education and career were interrupted by World War II during which he served in the U.S. Navy from 1941 to 1945 on assignment to the U.S. Marine Corps. He received the Silver Star and the Purple Heart with cluster during action in the Mariana Islands. He began his professional career with the Utah State Department of Fish and Game in 1947, where he served as acting federal aid coordinator working in big game research and on land requisition and development projects. In 1950, he moved to the Fish and Wildlife Service in Albuquerque working in wildlife restoration in the eight southwestern states. In 1953, he transferred to Minneapolis doing similar work in the eleven Midwest and Lake States. In 1959, he left the Fish and Wildlife Service to initiate Utah’s first wildlife extension project at Utah State University, where he served as associate professor in the College of Natural Resources. In 1965, he returned to the Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington, D.C., to launch the Division of Wildlife Services, redirect the animal control activities, and begin programs in wildlife enhancement and pesticide appraisal and monitoring. He subsequently became chief of the Divisions of Technical Assistance and later of the new Office of Extension Education. He retired from the Fish and Wildlife Service in 1978. In 1979, Jack was selected as executive vice president of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. He worked with the state, provincial, and federal fish and wildlife agencies of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to represent the Association on legislative, legal, and regulatory matters. He retired as executive vice president in 1988 and was appointed counselor emeritus and continues to serve in a variety of ways. Jack was a member of a number of professional and civic organizations including The Wildlife Society, the American Fisheries Society, the American Forestry Association, the Boone and Crocket Club, and the Cosmos Club. He had about 200 publications. He received many honors including the Minnesota Award, American Motors Professional Award, U.S. Department of Interior Distinguished Service Medal, the Seth Gordon Award, International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, National Wildlife Federation Conservation Achievement Award, Hornaday Conservation Award, and the The Wildlife Society Aldo Leopold Award. In 1993, Utah State University dedicated the Jack H. Berryman Institute for Wildlife Damage Management, and Jack served on its advisory panel. Jack was elected to the Washington Biologists’ Field Club in 1967, was on the Board of Managers from 1988 to 1990, and became an emeritus member in 1996. Jack and his wife June lived in Westminster, Virginia, at Lake Ridge retirement community, until he died in 1998.