Professor West was elected Fellow in 1986. He earned a B.S. degree in forest management from Rutgers University and a M.S. degree in forestry from Yale University. He then taught forestry courses at Louisiana State University for eight years before coming to teach at Rutgers University. He taught a variety of forestry courses at Rutgers but wood technology was his specialty. He retired at Rutgers as head of the Forestry Department. Prof. West was an SAF member since 1943 and was Chair of the NJ Division of the Allegheny SAF in 1974, received the Allegheny SAF “Outstanding Service to Forestry Award” in 1984, was President of the New Jersey Forestry Association for 11 years and served as Mayor of Cranbury Township. While a resident of Monroe Village, he started planting trees throughout the property: selecting the species and location, and then supervising of the planting. The arboretum on the grounds was named the “Richard West Arboretum” in 2006. West died in 2012 at the age of 94.