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Michael A. Taras

Obituary for Michael A. Taras

September 6, 1921 - May 9, 2018
Clemson, South Carolina | Age 96


Michael A. Taras
Clemson, SC

Michael A. Taras, 96, died peacefully Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

Dr. Taras was the son of Andrew Taras and Catherine Bodnar of Olyphant, Pennsylvania. He attended Penn State University, receiving a B.S. degree in Forestry. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a 1st Lt. twin engine pilot. He received a master of Forestry degree in Wood Utilization from Penn State University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Wood Science from North Carolina State University.

Dr. Taras was employed as a Forest Products Technologist at the USDA, FS Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin. Mike continued his research at the Southeastern Forest Experiment Station in Asheville, NC, Raleigh, NC and Athens, Georgia, retiring in 1970. He joined the faculty at Clemson University as a Distinguished Professor and was appointed Head of the Clemson Department of Forestry, retiring in 1992.

His joyful spirit and zest for life will be greatly missed. He lived life to the fullest to the end.

Mike is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Jean Moyer Taras and four sons, Michael (Liz), Kenneth (Kay), Christopher and Steven; seven grand children, Katie, Justin, Lindsay, Kelly, Emily, Michelle; three great grandsons, Austin, Alex and Wyatt.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Monday, May 14, 2018 at the University Lutheran Church, 111 Sloan St, Clemson, SC. Friends may visit with the family at 1:00 PM prior to the service.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at

Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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