Remembering Alumnus John Winton ’91

A head shot of an older white man. He has thinning, gray hair, and is wearing a dark sweater with a gray collared shirt underneath. He has a slight smile or smirk on his face.
John Norton Winton, Jr.

John Winton 1930-2020, SMA Graduate in 1991, passed away on January 30, 2020. A veteran of the US Marine Corps, he served the country during the Korean War. Prior to joining our school, John had a lengthy career in executive consulting firms, opening his own here in Seattle in 1972. He was a generous and consistent supporter of SMEA, leaving his mark on our program and setting a high bar for all to follow. We salute him and aspire to meet his standards.

SMEA Professor Emeritus Marc Miller remembers: “John came to SMEA (then School of Marine Affairs) with expertise in business and an intense commitment to sustainability in natural resource management. He was a very special colleague and friend for many of us in the Pacific Northwest. He will long live on in our minds and actions.”

Professor Ray Hilborn (SAFS), who worked with John after his graduation from SMA on salmon hatchery and wild salmon policy issues, attributes the following, “John brought a lively intellectual curiosity and years of experience in the business and the outdoors to understanding the role that hatcheries have played in the conservation and management of Pacific salmon. His MMA thesis had a major impact on wild salmon policy.” John’s thesis was titled, “Supplementation of Wild Salmonids: Management Practices in British Columbia”. Ray and John collaborated on several papers and projects, one of which is was published in the Canadian Journal of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

Associate Professor David Fluharty wrote in a note of condolence to John’s family on behalf of SMEA, “John’s integrity, intellectual curiosity and leadership made him a valuable colleague to all who knew him.”

Professor Emeritus Tom Leschine says it all, “What a guy he was, great generosity and voracious learner of new things into old age.”

Yes, indeed John Norton Winton, Jr. was and remains an admirable human being.

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