Thirteen past presidents of the Arizona Geological Society attended the September 2015 dinner meeting. Those in attendance included: Front Row from left to right; Jan Rasmussen (1985), Mark Cocker (2010), Greta Orris (2011), J. David Lowell (1966) and Michael Conway (2015). Back Row from left to right; Ann Pattison (2007), Kevin Horstman (2009), Eric Seedorff (2004), Jim Briscoe (1987), Alison Jones (2013), Stan Keith (1984), Cori Hoag (1997) and Bob Kamilli (1999).
Karen Wenrich and Bob Cummings getting an autographed copy of Dave Lowell's autobiography
The Arizona Geological Society thanks J. David
Lowell for attending the September 1, 2015 dinner meeting, where he autographed copies of his recently published autobiography, Intrepid Explorer: The Autobiography of the World's Best Mine Finder.
native Arizonan, whose family roots date from territorial days, J.
David Lowell was raised on a ranch near Nogales, Arizona to become one
of the world's most successful exploration geologists. He received a
B.S. degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1949
and a M.S. degree in Geology from Stanford in 1957.
has personally discovered more copper than anyone in history,
contributing to the discoveries of the Kalamazoo, Vekol Hills and Casa
Grande West deposits in Arizona, the JA Deposit in British Columbia, the
Dizon and Far Southeast deposits in the Philippines, and the La
Escondida, Zaldivar and Leonore deposits in Chile. He is also
personally responsible for the discovery of the San Cristobal Au-Ag mine
in Chile and the 8-million ounce Pierina gold deposit in Peru.
Lowell has published more than 50 articles, including one of which he
co-authored with John Guilbert in 1970 that defines the Lowell-Guilbert
porphyry copper model. This work remains a standard reference for
exploration geologists, today. Dave Lowell is also a
former member of the Arizona Geological Society and served as its president in 1966.
The geosciences community lost a giant on July 21, 2015. Dr. William (Bill) Dickinson, Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona, passed away apparently in his sleep, while in his hotel room in Nuku'alofa, Tonga. Bill was working with archaeologist David Burley and his graduate student on the geology of some archaeological sites in Tonga.
Bill Dickinson's contributions to the geosciences are legendary. He was a true pioneer in the field of plate tectonic theory and its implications for geology in the western United States. As a longtime member of the Arizona Geological Society, he co-organized the 1981 AGS symposium on “Relations of Tectonics to Ore Deposits in the Southern Cordillera” the proceedings of which were published as AGS Digest 14. He also co-edited AGS Digest 18, “Mesozoic Rocks of Southern Arizona and Adjacent Area.” AGS Digest 22, “Ores and Orogenesis: Circum-Pacific Tectonics, Geologic Evolution, and Ore Deposits” was dedicated in his honor.
We offer our sincere condolences to Bill's family, friends and colleagues. Bill was a great teacher, who touched and influenced many. He will be missed, but his contributions to geology will endure. May he rest in peace.
From June 14th through the 18th, the Arizona Geological Survey hosted the Association of American State Geologists 107th Annual Conference in Flagstaff, Arizona. The meeting was a great success with just over 100 professional participants from State Surveys, U.S.G.S., professional societies and other science agencies attending.
Participants of the Association of American State Geologists Conference enjoy a field trip to the
San Francisco Volcanic Field
The Arizona Geological Survey and Association of American State Geologists thank our friends and colleagues at the Arizona Geological Society for stepping forward to help sponsor this event.
The Arizona Geological Society has 50 new members
from 49 states! As a part of our sponsorship of the
107th Association of American State Geologists Annual Conference, we provided one-year free memberships
to the State Geologists from all states, excluding Arizona.