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Maurice Field

Maurice Field

Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 4:01 pm

Maurice Houston Field, age 73, of Martin died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at First United Methodist Church in Martin with Rev. Randy Cooper officiating. Burial was in East Side Cemetery.
Preston Prather, Jim Hadden, Bob Hartshorn, Gene Annaratone, Karl Zimmerman, Larry Roberts, Matt Moeller and Mark Moeller served as pallbearers with Sam Tuck as honorary pallbearer.
Dr. Field was born in Henderson, Kentucky, on April 16, 1938, the son of the late Maurice Elmer and Louise Merrick Field. Dr. Field loved to teach.  He taught in the UTM Department of Educational Studies beginning in 1964. He served as Department Chairman, Graduate Coordinator, Associate Dean and the Director of the Center for Environmental and Conservation during his 37 years at UTM. He directed some 40 primary and elementary teachers in producing class manuals in the area of science and conservation, which became the Science Activities Manual: K-8, for use in Tennessee schools.  He has also published articles in state and national educational journals.
Dr. Field over saw the Chenoa Waterfowl farm where he collected 54 species and subspecies of ducks, geese and shelducks including all the species of true geese.  He wanted school children to see waterfowl they could never see anywhere else, giving tours to school children for many years. In later years, birds raised on the farm were sold and shipped to collections all over the country.  Information on the farm and birds can be found on the website he produced, Waterfowl of Chenoa.  He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Martin.
Dr. Field is survived by his wife, Carla Wilson Field of Martin; daughter, Alicia (Tony) Pinto of Martin; son, Maurice Edward (Bartola) Field of Esperanza, Belize; sister Patty (Kenny) Woodward of Paris, TN; grandchildren, Christopher Pinto, Karyme Cunil, Julissa Cunil and Maurice Sebastian Field.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, or to The Maurice Houston Field Science Scholarship Endowment or organization of choice.

WCP 8.23.11

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