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Geology

A Brief History of Geology
at Pasadena City College

1924
Pasadena Junior College established.

Edwin Van Amringe comes to PJC to teach Environmental Chemistry.

1927
First geology course taught by Edwin Van Amringe.
1928
H. Stanton Hill takes his first geology class from Van Amringe. Classes take several day-long field trips to Devils Gate, Crestmore, Cajon Pass, Tick Canyon, Rancho LaBrea etc...
1929
First overnight field trip to Red Rock Canyon during semester break.
1930
H. Stanton Hill becomes a geology assistant at PJC. Overnight field trip to Palm Canyon during semester break.
1931
Van Amringe, Hill and several other mineralologists organize the Mineralogical Society of Southern California (MSSC), the first group of its kind west of the Mississippi.
1933
The Long Beach Earthquake necessatates rebuilding of the Physical Sciences Building. Geology is taught in the Men's Gym until 1936. �
 
 
 


Edwin Van Amringe

H. Stanton Hill
H. Stanton Hill

Rodney Gale
Rodney Gale
camping trip
Overnight field trip in the 40's
1935
H. Stanton Hill becomes a faculty member, and introduces mineralogy into the curriculum.

Edwin Van Amringe organizes a 10 - day, 2,000 mile field trip over Easter Vacation to North- eastern Arizona, establishing a long-standing tradition of field study which continues today.

1936
The Geology Department moves into the "E" Building.
Teaching of mineralology establishes a steady flow of geology majors.�
1938
Rodney Gale, a paleontologist, joins the Faculty.
The Dana Club forms, composed of Geology Majors and other interested students.
1940's
The war years results in the curtailment of enrollment of male students.
Night mineralogy classes begin; Overnight field trips continue in spite of gas rationing.�
1951
Van Amringe becomes chair of the Physical Sciences Department.
1956
Death of Edwin Van Amringe.
1957
The Van Amringe Scholarship Fund was established by the MSSC and PCC, and the first annual award was presented to Junelee McGee. �
1960
Alice Corey, a mineralologist joins the faculty.
1961
Harry Lawrence, an engineering geologist, joins the faculty.
Alice Corey
Alice Corey
Harry Lawrence
Harry Lawrence
Richard Ohrbom
Richard Ohrbom
Peter Anderson
Peter Anderson
1964
Louis Vance donates his mineral collection to PCC, part of which is sold to benefit the Van Amringe Scholarship Fund. �
1968
Richard Ohrbom, a structural geologist, joins the faculty.

Wayne Lowell donates his personal collection to the PCC Geology Library, part of which is sold to benefit the Wayne Lowell Scholarship Fund.

1969
Rodney Gale retires from PCC.
1970
Peter Anderson, a mineralologist, joins the faculty.
1970
Jerry Lewis, a paleontologist, joins the faculty.
1971
Bruce Carter, a petrologist, joins the faculty.
1973
H. Stanton Hill retires from PCC.
1974
Alice Corey becomes chairperson of the Physical Sciences Department.

Geology moves into the D building, then to the temporary A buildings while the E building undergoes extensive renovations.�

Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
Bruce Carter
Bruce Carter
Lecturing Reed Ohrbom
Reed Ohrbom
1975
Dana Club begins its annual Minerals, Geodes and Jewelry sale to raise money for the Geology Museum and other activities.

Reed Ohrbom, joins the staff as lab technician.

Fall semester Dave Douglass takes his first geology course, from Harry Lawrence.

1976
Geology moves back into renovated and expanded quarters in the E building.
1978
H. Stanton Hill Geology Museum is opened.
1981
Dick Ohrbom retires. Pete Anderson leaves to persue a career in law.
1984
Reed Ohrbom leaves the staff, and Robert Hastings is hired as Lab Technician.
1986
Janet Hammond, a petrologist, is hired.

Bruce Carter becomes Chair of the Physical Sciences Division.

1987
Robert Hastings leaves the staff to persue a career in Hydrology. Patty Sea joins the staff as the new lab technician.

David Douglass is hired to replace Harry Lawrence on sabbatical.

1988
Harry Lawrence shifts to 1/2 time and Dr. Douglass becomes a permanent faculty member.
1989
Janet Gordon begins leading fall fieldtrips to Santa Cruz Island
1991
Jerry Lewis receives the Risser Award as Outstanding Teacher of the Year.

Jerry Lewis and Dave Douglass begin leading 2-week summer field trips to the Rocky Mountains and the Colorado Plateau.

1992
Harry Lawrence retires.
Robert Hastings
Robert Hastings
Janet Hammond
Janet Hammond
Patty SeaPatty Sea
Dave Douglass
Dave Douglass
Dina Szabo
Dina Szabo
1993
Dave Douglass receives the Bigg's Earth Science Teaching Award from the Geological Society of America.
1995
Dave Douglass receives the Risser Award as Outstanding Teacher of the Year.
1997
Patty Sea retires as lab technician.
1998
Dina Szabo joins the staff as the new lab technician.
1999
Dina (the warrior lab tech) steps down as as her husband Kieth is re-assigned to Texas.

Debra Cantarero is hired as Lab Tech.

2002
Janet Gordon retires in order to have more fun with her husband, family and grandchildren!
 
retirement party
Janet Gordon retires.
Many of her colleagues and former students
gather for her retirement party (left).
Martha House
Martha House
Ling O'Connor
Ling O'Connor

        Martha House-a petrologist and thermochronologist -and Ling O'Connor-a petrologist-join the Geology Department.

2005
Bruce Carter retires and Dave Douglass becomes the Natural Sciences Division Dean.
2006
Jerry Lewis retires.
 
Bryan Wilbur, a paleontologist, joins the Geology faculty.
2007
Geologist and science education specialist Elizabeth Shadman joins the faculty.
       The PCC Geology Department celebrates 80 years of academic excellence!
     
 

Elizabeth Shadman

Elizabeth Shadman

Bryan Wilbur

Bryan Wilbur

 
 

 

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