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 Students mapping in the Beartooths, 1968 Penn State Geosciences Field Camp

Bob Brown (M.S. 1971) and Bernie Foerster (M.S. 1970) mapping at Little Bear Creek, Beartooth Range, Montana.  Bob and Bernie were graduate students at the field school.  Thanks to Russ & Linda Dutcher for the image.

Field Camp 1968

In 1968 the Geological Sciences Major included options in Geophysics, Geochemistry-Mineralogy-Petrology, and Geology.  Geology and G-M-P required Geol 470, Introduction to Field Geology, during the academic terms and summer Geol 472, Field Geology.  Thanks to Karen Wenrich for the names for 1968.  Karen adds that a male and a female student from Rice University were brought in to increase the number of participants.


Attendee List
Name Contact
Robert L (Bob) Brown (M.S. 1971)  
Bernard Foerster (M.S. 1970)  
Rit Gruber (grad student)  
John H Grimes  
Boies Hall  
Wade M Harmon  
Richard A (Rich) Olsen  
James K (Jim) Otton (PhD77)  
Richard W (Rick) Switzer  
Earl R Verbeek (PhD75)  
Karen J Wenrich (MS71, PhD75)  
Joey Rosen  
Joe Tomich  
Kyle Yoder  



Roger Cuffey, Dick Parizek & Bob Schmalz (cross-country), Duff GoldRuss Dutcher

Where They Stayed

YBRA, Red Lodge, Montana

Main Projects

Line Creek, Elk Basin, Clark's Fork, Rattlesnake Mountain, Beartooth Front


Click here for another picture and remembrances about the 1968 Penn State Field Camp

Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the images: (thanks to Russ & Linda Dutcher for the Gene Williams and Little Bear Creek images, to Karen Wenrich for the others, and to Karen and Earl Verbeek for the identifications)


Alumni Field Camp 1968 Photos
Cowrey State Park, Kansas. Bob Schmalz examines lithologies.
Snowball fight at 10,000 ft on the west Spanish Peak, Colorado  L to r: Boies, Rich, Kyle, Jim, Rick (with camera), Joey R
Spanish Peaks and southern Rockies  Surrounding Bob Brown's car are, l to r: Bob Schmalz, Boies, Kyle, Rich, Rick, Joe T, Bob Brown, Bernie
Barbara and Bob Schmalz in camp
Stopping in till in the central Rockies near the continental divide  L to r: Duff, Rich, Jim, John (white T-shirt), Joe T, Earl. Dick Parizek between John & Joe, Bob Brown in plaid shirt, Bob Schmalz at far right
Central Rockies, Colorado
Closeup of people in the Central Rockies picture  L to r: Kyle, Joe T, ??, ??, Rick
Wind River Canyon, Wyoming  Earl, Bob Schmalz, John, Duff looking for beer
Gene Williams crossing a creek  This photo was labeled 1968 but may well be from another year.
Karen Wenrich & Earl Verbeek at Little Bear Creek, Beartooth Plateau, Montana
closeup of Karen and Earl
Towne Point near Red Lodge, in the Beartooth Front mapping area  L to r: ??, Rit Gruber, Earl, Boies, Wade
Travertine hot springs deposit, Mammoth, Yellowstone. Duff Gold on top
Craters of the Moon, Idaho  Standing: Jim, Earl, Duff Gold, guy from Rice, Wade
Earl and Boies hoisting scoria blocks at Craters
Campground. Earl, Rit (foregnd), Jim, Russ Dutcher (napping), Joe T
Favorite pastime on the cross-country trip. Joe T, Boies Hall, Jim Otton Van Hise's Rock, Baraboo, WI. John?, Boies, Dick Parizek Dodge City, Kansas. Earl, Kyle, Barbara Schmalz (foreground). Back of them: Joey R, Rich, Boies Not-so-exciting Kansas. Joe T, Dick Parizek, Jim
Jackson Lake and the Grand Tetons.  L to r: Bob Brown, Joe T, Kyle, Bernie (blue shirt), guy from Rice, Wade, Boies (00), Earl, John (red coat)