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K. McCree May 22, 2014 8:35 AM

Published in Eugene (OR) Register-Guard on May 22, 2014

Keith J. McCree(1927-2014)
Keith J. McCree 

Keith J. McCree, 86, of Eugene, Oregon, passed away peacefully Monday afternoon, May 12, 2014. He was born June 12, 1927, in Christchurch, New Zealand, son of Jeffrey and Alma McCree. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbro McCree; his sister, Marion McCree of Eastbourne, New Zealand; and sons and spouses: John and Robin McCree of Bay City, Michigan; and Alan and Hina McCree of Ellicott City, Maryland. Keith and Barbro delighted in their four grandchildren: Anisa, Stephen, Sean, and Brad McCree.

Keith met Barbro while hiking in Austria, and their mutual love of travel and the outdoors took them to England, New Zealand, California, and Texas. They retired to Oakridge, Oregon where they enjoyed hiking the trails of the Willamette National Forest, Diamond Peak, Waldo Lake, and Three Sisters Wilderness. Keith also indulged his lifelong passion for photography, especially landscapes and flowers. Together, they published an illustrated online guide to trails and wildflowers of the Willamette region. 

Keith was a professor of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University, with a PhD in Physics from Imperial College, London. He published pioneering papers and computer simulation models illustrating the complicated ways that plants respond to drought and other weather-related stresses, and was a role model for aspiring graduate students. 

As a student in New Zealand, Keith was an accomplished pianist and organist, and his love of classical music and quiet walks along the river and hillside parks of Eugene sustained him when his health no longer permitted climbing the steep trails of the Oregon Cascades. The family would like to express special gratitude to Simone Moore for providing the loving care which allowed Dad to remain in Eugene and enjoy the beauty of the Willamette River during his final days.

In accordance with his wishes, Keith's ashes will be scattered this summer at a private gathering in Oakridge.


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