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John David Love* - Diamond Jubilee Outstanding Alumnus
Bachelor of Arts - 1933 - Geology
Master of Arts - 1934 - Geology
LLD - 1961
David Love calls his teacher, UW geologist "Doc" Knight, "the great man of geology and the finest kind of human being." The student has proved worthy of his teacher. After his UW degrees, Love worked for the Geological Survey of Wyoming, earned a PhD at Yale, and then worked as a Shell Oil research geologist. He began a lifetime U.S. Geological Survey career in 1938 as a field assistant, and retired as USGS scientist emeritus after directing the geologic division's Wyoming office for 44 years. He established the USGS Wyoming Fuels Branch, compiled the 1955 and 1985 editions of Wyoming's geologic map and, still active, is chief author of the 1992 Grand Teton National Park geologic map and the 1993 chart correlating all Wyoming geologic formations.
He's been a valued consultant to Wyoming communities, the U.S. Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service, and has been the advisor for 140 masters' theses and.50 doctoral dissertations. UW recognized Love with a 1961 honorary LLD and as a 1981 Distinguished Alumnus. The Wyoming Geological Survey has given him honorary membership, its Distinguished Service Award; and established a field geology fellowship in his name. He's won the Interior Department's Meritorious and Distinguished service awards, and the American Association of Professional Geologists' Public Service Award. A lifetime Alumni Association member, he says: "My A&S education has been a solid base supporting me in good stead through personal and career challenges of the past 60 years. (To our professors) we students came first....We respected and admired them as mentors and friends. They remained role models for the rest of our lives. This support and encouragement has been a major influence in my dealings with others throughout my career."
*In loving memory.