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Title
Newsletter (University of Texas at Austin. Department of Geological Sciences) ; no. 9, 1960
Publisher
University of Texas at Austin. Department of Geological Sciences
Series
Newsletter (University of Texas at Austin. Department of Geological Sciences) Volume no. 9, 1960
Date
1960

DepartmentofGeologyNewsletterNo.9,July1960

AUSTIN,TEXAS

Editors:SamuelP.Ellison,Jr.

andStephenE.Clabauch

FredM.Bullard—36YearsofTeaching

Dr.FredM.Bullard

Weasfaculty,studentsandAlumnisaluteDr.FredM.Bullardforhislongdistinguishedcareerasadedicatedgeologyteacher.Thisbriefnoteistopointupourappreciationofhiscontinuousanduntiringperformance.Thisisdefinitelynotaprologuetoretirementbecauseheneverexpectstoretire.UndoubtedlyhehastaughtmoregeologystudentsthananyotherTexasUniversityteacher.

FredisanativeofMcLoud,Oklahoma.HereceivedhisBSandMSdegreesfromUniversityofOklahomaandhisPh.D.degreefromUniversityofMichigan.HeandMrs.Bullardareparentsoftwodaughters,FreddaandPeggy,andnowboastthetitleofgrandparents(twins,too).FredwasfieldgeologistfortheOklahomaGeologicalSurvey,1921-1923,consultinggeologist,1923-1924,andjoinedTheUniversityofTexasasInstructorinGeologyin1924.HewaspromotedtoAssistantProfessorin1925,toAssociateProfessorin1927andtoProfessorin1939.HewaschairmanoftheDepartmentofGeologyfrom1929to1939duringwhichtimehewaschiefdesignerintheplanningandconstruction

ofthegeologybuilding,whichwascompletedin1932.

Fredhastaughtavarietyofcoursesincluding24summersoffieldgeology.Hehasbeenourmostdistinguishedandpopularbeginninggeologyteacher.Incidentallywethinkhehasprobablyinfluencedmorepeopleinbeginninggeologytobecomegeologymajorsthananyotherteacher.Hisresearchonvolcanoesandthedevelopmentofenergyfromsteamandhotsubsurfacewatershastouchedthreecontinents,Europe,SouthAmerica,CentralAmericaandHawaii.ThissummerheistakingalookatIcelandhotwaters.FredcanalsoboastaboutfundamentalandbasicbulletinsontheGeologyofCentralandNorthTexasandOklahoma.HehasbeendeeplyinterestedinbuildingupknowledgeonthegeologyofallLatinAmerica.ThishasresultedintravelstoGuatemala,SanSalvador,Mexico,Panama,CostaRica,andmostrecentlyasemester'sleaveonaFulbrightscholarshiptoPeru.

Wearehonoredasstudents,faculty,andAlumnitobeassociatedwithandtoknowsuchaninspiringteacher-geologist.WeintendtohonorhimatHomecomingwithadinnerSaturday,October29,1960at7p.m.,VillaCapriRestaurantBermudaRoom.Everyonecome—getyourticketsearly.

1950-1960:ADecadeofTransition

Geologistshavegoodreasontopausein1960tolookbackatthepastdecadewithamazement.Worldwideindustrializationandpopulationgrowthdemandedunprecedentedquantitiesofoil,uranium,commonmetals,uncommonelements,buildingmaterials,andchemicalrawmaterials.Employmentforgeologistsboomedinthefirsthalfofthedecadeandgeologyclassroomswerecrowdedtothelimit.Newsourcesofrawmaterialswerefoundandoldoneswereexpanded.Nowintheyear1960,oversuppliesofmineralproductsaremoreconspicuousthanshortages!Geologistsseemtohaveworkedthemselvesoutofajob.

Nothingcouldbemoreshort-sightedthantheconceptthatgeologistsarenolongerneededbytheindustrialworld,simplybecauseseveralmajorearthproductscanatthismomentbeproducedmorerapidlythantheyareused.Everyoilwellwillultimatelyrundryandeveryminewillbedepleted.Theseareexhaustibleresources.Inthenot-so-distantfutureMankindmustsearchouteverypotentialsourceofrawmaterialsfromtheearth,andtheroleofgeologywillbethekeyinthissearch.