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D. L. "Don" Blackstone* -- 1999 -- Outstanding Former Faculty
Geology and Geophyics Department
Retirement doesn’t mean sitting back and relaxing for D. L. Blackstone, Jr. His list of activities and accolades after his 1974 "retirement" is almost as long as the list before that time. The acknowledged grandfather of Wyoming structural geology came to UW’s Department of Geology & Geophysics in 1946 after spending 10 years alternating between academia and industry. He has been a professor, department head, University Science Camp director and professor emeritus. He was instrumental in setting up the Geological Survey of Wyoming as an independent agency and served for two years as its director and Wyoming State Geologist in a joint appointment. UW honored him with the George Duke Humphrey Award in 1971 and an Honorary Doctor of Laws in 1985. The Wyoming Geological Association, the Rocky Mountain Section of the Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists and the American Institute for Professional Geologists have recognized his research, teaching and service with a variety of awards. In April 1999, he will receive the American Association of Petroleum Geologists’ Outstanding Educator Award. Many former students credit their professional success to Blackstone’s high standards in the classroom. He is a prolific author of a variety of books, reports and articles, but his best known publication is Traveler’s Guide to Wyoming, which was first published by the Geological Survey of Wyoming in 1971. Blackstone continues his research and teaching at UW as an emeritus professor.
*In loving memory.