Lincoln Hollister retirement celebration: making a difference to so many lives

Monday, May 2, 2011


In honor of Professor of Geosciences Lincoln Hollister's retirement in July, the Department of Geosciences hosted a celebration on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at Guyot Hall and Prospect House. In attendance were family, friends, colleagues, collaborators, and students of Prof. Hollister.

The highlight of the event was a panel discussion that focused on Hollister’s sciencetific discoveries, collaborations, and achievements. Many of the presenters diverted into Hollister folklore such as his extremely remote trips in Alaska and British Columbia, his impromptu side-trips onto unexplored roads in Bhutan, and his many encounters with bears, snakes, and even scorpions while conducting field analysis.

There were six topics for the panelists: British Columbia/Alaska, The Moon Rocks, Bhutan, Fluid Inclusions, Informal Science Education/Outreach, and Teaching Geology in New Mexico. The discussions were lead by retired Geosciences Professor, W. Jason Morgan, Glenn Woodsworth, Chris Andronicos, Robert Dymek, Djordje Grujic, Robert Burress, Robin McKinney Martin, Peter Freeman, and Katherine Barnhart. Panelists at the event were Harvey Cohen, Cameron Davidson, John Hampson, Mary Lou Hill, Harvey Kelsey, Christopher Kenah, Kurt Leinenweber, David Newman,Virginia Sisson, Harold Stowell, Elaine Harkins, Glenn MacPherson, Robert Phinney, and Walter Trzcienski, Rainer Kuendig, Nadine McQuarrie, Kate Miller, Roger Moseley, Terry Pavlis, Stefan Schmidt, Susan Swapp, Tobgay Tobgay, Bernardo Cesare, Naomi Levine, Barbara Murck, Jane Selverstone, Dirk van Reenen, Barbara Jo Wanamaker, Geoffrey Feiss, Alan Goodheart, Geraldine Toland Regan, Nancy West, Sarah Brownlee, Jesse Chadwick, Benjamin Phillips, Maia Schweizer, Pamela Walsh, and Yinan Wang. Each panelists talked about his own experience with Prof. Hollister.

The agenda: starting with a buffet lunch from noon till 1:00 p.m. in the Great Hall, Guyot Hall,  a panel discussion from 1:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. in Rm 10, Guyot Hall, and a cocktail reception/dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. at Prospect House.

Prof. Hollister retirement date is set for July 1, 2011, after 43 years at Princeton University.

Special thanks to Bess Ward, Chair, and Debbie Fahey, Dept. Manager.