BROWN COUNTY, IND. — Bruce Behan born on Dec. 2, 1953, formerly of Champlain N.Y., passed away suddenly on Dec. 26, 2013, at his home in Brown County, Ind., 30 miles south of Indianapolis.
He is predeceased by his father, Thomas Behan; his mother, Bertha (Lushia) Behan; and 12 brothers and sisters.
He is survived by six brothers and sisters; and dozens of nieces and nephews; and his partner of 30 years, Larry Davidson.
He graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Champlain and attended Wharton School of Business at the University Of New Hampshire in the fall of 2000, and in 2002, received his Associates degrees in Greenhouse management and Plant Taxonomy (dual degree), graduating Summa Cum Laude. He was also selected by the Dean of the Wharton School to be class Marshall and lead the entire graduating class. Bruce continued his education in 2003 by enrolling in the Environmental Sciences program at the University of New Hampshire where he received his Bachelor of Science degrees in Environmental Conservation and Conservation Botany, graduating Cum Laude in Sept. of 2004.
While living in the Chicago area, he was very active as a volunteer at Volo Bog State Natural area and with its support group, "The Friends of Volo Bog". He spent many hours as a volunteer docent and instructor, and re-organized and re-energized the gift shop run by the Friends. Working and living in the Indianapolis area for the past seven years he thoroughly enjoyed his profession as an Environment Remediation Botanist and would often give tours and teach courses in botany through Indiana University's Adult Education program. He would often give botanical tours of little known locations throughout the Adirondack Mountains to visiting friends and fellow botanists.
In addition, he was an avid photographer who enjoyed documenting his work. He was active with the Bloomington, Indiana photography club, and, in 2012, was instrumental in forming the Brown County Photography Club.
A memorial service in celebration of Bruce's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 18, 2014 at Mooers United Methodist Church, 12 East Street, Mooers, NY 12958. The family will have a reception following the service at the church, all are welcome.