Geology Department News

Updated whenever news breaks!

  • Mary Savina

    Congratulations to Professor Mary Savina '72 who has been awarded the Charles L. Denison Professor of Geology endowed chair! This is a great honor. Previous holders of the chair were Duncan Stewart from 1961 through 1970, Eiler Henrickson '43 from 1970 through 1988, and Shelby Boardman from 1988 through 2007.

    Established in 1962, the Charles L. Denison Professor of Geology chair was named in honor of a geologist who developed several successful coal, silver, and gold mines in the eastern United States and Canada during the late 1880s and early 1890s. At the time of Mr. Denison's death in 1930, Loren Wood '99, a prominent New York lawyer, was co-trustee of the Denison estate. Knowing his client would approve of the estate being used to train future generations of geologists, Mr. Wood established the endowed chair in his name. The professorship has helped Carleton develop one of the preeminent undergraduate geology departments in the nation.

    Mary previously held the Lloyd McBride Chair in Environmental Studies from 2002 through 2008.

  • Dear Faculty and Staff,

    It is my sad duty to inform you of the death this past weekend of Jean Boardman. Jean was married to the former Dean of the College and Charles Denison Professor of Geology Shelby Boardman. What Jean has meant to our community cannot be overstated. The College can boast of no friend who has been more loyal, committed, and generous. Jean was gracious and wise, and she had an energy that seemed boundless. Whether you came across her walking in the Arb, on a downtown sidewalk, or at a Carleton basketball game, she always had a word of kindness and you would invariably be treated with her beautiful smile. As a community, we are very fortunate to have been so deeply influenced by Jean and Shelby Boardman.

    A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 21, at the First UCC Church in Northfield (300 Union Street). Memorial gifts are being designated for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the First UCC Church.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Jean’s family and friends. She will be greatly missed.

    Scott Bierman, Dean of the College

  • Shelby J. Boardman

    Carleton College dedicated a memorial in honor of former professor and Dean Shelby Boardman on Saturday, May 31, near the entrance to the Cowling Arboretum. The memorial is located past the Hill of the Three Oaks on the border of the arboretum. Boardman, the Charles L. Denison Professor of Geology and former Dean of the College, passed away in January 2007 at the age of 62 and served at Carleton from 1971-2007.