Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Humboldt Geology Loses A Founder

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 12:52 PM

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The geology department at Humboldt State has lost one of its founders. According to an announcement on the department's page today, Prof. John Longshore, 76, an Emeritus Professor of Geology, died yesterday after a long battle with cancer.

"John came to HSU in 1965 and together with John Young and Frank Kilmer founded the Geology Department at Humboldt State College in 1966. John led the early grant writing efforts to secure the first analytical tools (petrographic microscopes; atomic absorption, x-ray diffraction & x-ray fluorescence spectrometers) in the department."

In 1984, the announcement continues, Longshore was named Outstanding Professor. He retired in 2000 and taught and advised part-time through 2007. The department is setting up the Longshore Field Geology Endowment "to honor John's dedication to fieldwork and undergraduate geology education at HSU."

The department notes it would like people who knew Longshore to submit their  remembrances of him to geology@humboldt.edu with the subject line "John Longshore." These will be shared with Longshore's family.

You can read the full announcement on the department's website.

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