Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Memorial Service for Lauren Wright, Death Valley Geologist

Jim Calzia, Geologist Emeritus, USGS, has asked me to pass on this announcement about a memorial service for Lauren Wright, long time explorer of Death Valley geology, who passed away in February: 
Lauren Albert Wright
March 23, 2013; Shoshone, CA
Picture by Marli Miller
            Lauren A. Wright, 94, of State College, PA, passed away Feb 6, 2013. Professor Wright received his BS and MS in Geology from the University of Southern California, and a PhD from Cal Tech in 1952. He was first employed by the California Division of Mines (now CA Geological Survey) from 1947 to 1961, then accepted the position of Chairman, Dept of Geology and Geophysics, at Penn State University; he retired from Penn State in 1985 after teaching geology for 24 years. In his lifetime, Prof Wright became an internationally-recognized expert on the geology of Death Valley, CA. He is survived by his son Anthony.
You are cordially invited to a Memorial Service for Lauren Wright on March 23, 2013, in Shoshone, CA. The Service will be preceded by a short field trip to see a few of the geologic problems Prof Wright studied during his lifetime. The field trip is scheduled from 10-2PM; the Memorial Service begins at 3PM and is followed by a reception. In addition, Cynthia Keinitz will host an informal campfire service at China Ranch from 8PM.  Please RSVP to Susan Sorrells at villagecentral "at" shoshonevillage.com or (760) 852-4224 for recommendations regarding lodging.

1 comment:

Lockwood said...

I and a number of classmates had the pleasure and privilege of bumping into Wright and Troxel on a field trip one spring break, and ended up following them around for a good part of the day.

Their language and treatment of each other was, shall we say, colorful. Full story in the closing paragraphs of this post, starting with "I guess in closing...": http://outsidetheinterzone.blogspot.com/2008/10/tips-for-science-grad-students.html

But they stopped by our camp at Mesquite Flats that evening, and taught us (me, at least) one of the most important lessons in geology, and science generally, I ever learned: we *want* the people with whom we disagree respectfully to criticize us without restraint.

That lesson has stuck vividly with me for decades, and I'm grateful to him for that. RIP.