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Bernard "Buck" Corson
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Birth: Jun. 16, 1920
Strafford County
New Hampshire, USA
Death: Jun. 7, 2012
Merrimack County
New Hampshire, USA

Buck was the son of Frank and Georgina (Whitehorn) Corson.

A Rochester Spaulding High School football standout, he graduated in 1939 and enrolled at Keene State College. Patriotism and a shortage of fighter pilots for WWII led him to enlist where he became a Navy Lieutenant fighter pilot leading his squadron of B-26 Marauder reconnaissance aircraft for three years in the Pacific theatre.

Upon his return in 1946, he resumed his post-secondary education at the University of New Hampshire, majoring in biology and graduated with an master's degree in zoology; upon his graduation he was hired as the lead fisheries biologist for the N.H. State Fish and Game Department. He soon became Chief of the Fisheries Division. A renowned ichthyologist in 1964, he was appointed by the U.S. Department of the Interior to head up a federal program to eradicate lamprey eels from the Great Lakes. In 1968, he was appointed as Director of the N.H. Fish and Game Department before retiring in 1978.

Among many notable accomplishments, he will be remembered for introducing hunter safety education, the crackdown on polluters to N.H. rivers and lakes, restoration of Atlantic Salmon to the Merrimack River and its tributaries, reintroduction of wild turkeys to New Hampshire and the northeast, instituting aerial stocking of trout to New Hampshire's remote ponds by helicopter, and spearheading the N.H. Wildlife Journal. He also worked tirelessly to introduce Coho Salmon to Great Bay, not to mention developing the Splake trout strain.

His many accomplishments include serving on the board of directors for the N.H. Loon Preservation Society, the board of directors for the New England Fisheries Council, the board of directors of the University of New Hampshire, and was a trustee of the N.H. Audubon Society. He was a lifelong member of the Harris Masonic Lodge in Warner and an active communicant and trustee of the Contoocook United Methodist Church.

Buck will be greatly missed by his family, including his wife, Martha (Varney Clark) Corson, of 69 years; his two sons, Clark and his wife, Nancy, and their son, Jeffrey of Madbury, and Craig of Contoocook; along with several nephews and nieces.
He was predeceased by his only brother, Hubert Corson.

Buck Corson was a devoted husband and father, a true American patriot and war-tested veteran, an environmental steward of the highest degree and a most well respected N.H. State Fish and Game Director. He led by example, marveled at the symbiosis between the Creator and Mother Nature and was a class act in every sense of the word.

(Info from the Concord Monitor. 06.11.2012) 
Created by: BLC
Record added: Jun 11, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91742088


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