Tree Frog Forestry News

Internationally renowned forestry expert succumbs to cancer

October 18, 2016
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

Vancouver resident Les Jozsa remembered by friends and colleagues as a Renaissance man. The house you live in, the guitar you strum, or even the couch you hang your hat on — chances are, Les Jozsa likely left his imprint and expertise on it. A renowned forestry scientist, carver and UBC alumnus, Jozsa died Oct. 5 after a brief battle with cancer. He was 78. His colleagues, family and mentors remember the Vancouver resident as a man of immeasurable talents. He authored more than 150 academic papers that would go on to help shape forestry practices across the world. He lectured in North America, Europe and South America, helping industry and governments ensure maximum quality and quantity in secondary wood products: furniture, doors, windows, veneer products, skateboards, musical instruments, log homes and more.  “He is a Renaissance man because he could do all kinds of things and do them very well: he was an athlete, an academic, he cooked superbly, he was a gardener, an artist, he could speak in public well,” said Bob Kennedy, a former dean of the UBC faculty of forestry. “I don’t know of anybody else who had that variety of skills.”