NO. 1 AUSTIN, TEXAS JUNE, 1953
Preface to Newsletter
This is our first issue of what we hope will become an annual event. The need for some means of keeping in touch with our graduates has been felt for many years. The News letter will not only keep us in touch with you but will also keep you informed as to the whereabouts and activities of other Texas-Exes. Since we have no "news gathering" staff we must depend on you to keep us informed as to your activ ities. We will pass the information along (via the Newsletter) to your friends and fellow Texas-Exes. We will also try to keep you posted on the happenings around The University and particularly in the Department of Geology.
Our greatest problem is to keep our mailing list up-to-date. The initial mailing list was compiled from various sources, chiefly membership lists of the various societies, and in cluded about 1,500 names. We felt that we had valid ad dresses for about 1,200 and to these a self-addressed return postal was sent. About 450 of these were returned and they constitute the "meat" of this issue of the Newsletter. We are sending the Newsletter to the original mailing list but for those who did not return the postal (and some 700 did not!) we can only hope that we have your correct address. If you wish to receive the Newsletter in the future we urge you to return the card (next time), so we can be certain that we have your correct address. When you come to Austin do not fail to come by the Department and say hello and sign the Visitors Register.
As Chairman of the Alumni Committee of the Department of Geology, which is charged with the responsibility of issu ing the Newsletter, I bespeak your cooperation.
Fred M. Bullard
News from the Department of Geology
There have been several changes in the permanent staff of the Department in recent years, so the following list may be of interest:
Staff of the Department of Geology, 1952-53
Professors Fred M. Bullard, Ph.D. (General geology, vulcanology, mineralogy, economic geology) Hal P. Bybee, Ph.D. Geologist in charge of University Lands, Geol ogy (Not actively teaching) Ronald K. DeFord, E.M., M.S. Graduate Advisor (Advanced general, petroleum, ground water, field geology) Samuel P. Ellison, Jr., Ph.D. Department Chairman (General, petro leum, field geology, micropaleontology)
John T. Lonsdale, Ph.D. Director of Bureau of Economic Geology (Igneous petrology) Elias H. Sellards, Ph.D. Director of the Texas Memorial Museum (Not actively teaching) Henryk B. Stenzel, Ph.D. (Structural, field geology — teaches one semester each year — remainder of time Research Scientist for Bur. of Eco. Geology) Francis L. Whitney, Ph.D. Emeritus Associate Professors H. Gordon Damon, Ph.D. (Sedimentation) Stephen E. Clabaugh, Ph.D. Assistant Graduate Advisor (Mineral ogy, petrology, field geology) John A. Wilson, Ph.D. Assistant Department Chairman (Vertebrate paleontology, historical, general, field geology) Keith P. Young, Ph.D. (Paleontology, Cretaceous stratigraphy, gen eral, field geology) Assistant Professors Robert L. Folk, Ph.D. (Sedimentary petrology) Richard W. Rush, M.A. (Paleontology, regional geology, physiog raphy) Instructors James V. Barnes, M.A. (General geology) Robert M. Hutchinson, Ph.D. (Mineralogy, petrology) Secretary Mrs, Gladys W. Pharr, M.A. Technical Staff Assistant James H. Quinn, B.S
Dr. Robert L. Folk, formerly with the Gulf Oil Corpora tion in Houston joined the staff in September, 1952, to teach sedimentation. He will take over much of the work recently handled by Dr. Damon. Another addition to our staff is Mr. Richard W. Rush, formerly with the Plateau Exploration Company at Cortez, Colorado. Mr. Rush is teaching the courses in regional geology formerly handled by Dr. Bybee.
Dr. Charles W. Bell, Professor of Geology, comes to Texas in September, 1953, from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Bell, no stranger to Texas, will specialize in Paleozoic strati graphy and paleontology. He will take over the work for merly handled by Dr. James L. Wilson. Mr. William R. Muehlberger will join the staff in February, 1954, as Assis tant Professor to handle the work in structural geology. He comes from the California Institute of Technology where he expects to receive the Ph.D. degree in June, 1954. The posi tion in structural geology has been vacant since the resigna tion of Dr. Gus Eifller several years ago.
Dr. Fred M. Bullard was on leave of absence for the spring semester of 1951-1952, in order to accept a grant as Re search Scholar under the Fulbright program of the State Department. Dr. Bullard made a study of the volcanoes of Italy in addition to travels in North Africa and Western
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