Apr 16 2012


A memorial service was held Monday, April 16, at The University of Montana to honor Professor Scott Woods who passed away April 7 after a long battle with cancer. Friends, family and colleagues from the College of Forestry and Conservation gathered together to tell stories and celebrate his life.

To honor his legacy, a memorial scholarship has been established in his name. The Scott Woods Memorial Scholarship will provide support to students within the forestry college to further their educational success in the study of hydrology, forest disturbance impacts on soils or water, the management of water resources, or forest or grassland restoration.

“Scott Woods always put the students first,” said Jim Burchfield, forestry college dean. “He was an outstanding teacher, sought-after adviser and someone whose dedication to quality work served as a role model. His determination throughout his illness to keep working and continue his mentorship of the next generation of conservationists continues to inspire all who knew him.”

Woods was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1966.  He received his doctorate in earth sciences from Colorado State University in 2001 and then accepted a position at UM. In 2004, he became an associate professor and dedicated himself to teaching. During his life he participated in many adventures in Montana and around the world, including Morocco, Peru, Wales and Slovakia.

Those wishing to contribute to the Scott Woods Memorial Scholarship fund may send a check to The University of Montana Foundation, P.O. Box 7159, Missoula 59807-7159. Donations also may be made online at or by calling the foundation at 800-443-2593.