2014 GSA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia (19–22 October 2014)

Paper No. 142-1
Presentation Time: 9:00 AM


HOLLISTER, Lincoln S., Geosciences, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544

Glenn Woodsworth combines extraordinary climbing skills with geologic intuition to solve geologic problems in the second largest crystalline mountain belt in the world. He could not have accomplished so much had he not resisted the attempts by the Geological Survey of Canada to promote him to a position out of range of British Columbia rocks. Glenn is always available to help anyone to do anything geological in the Coast Mountains. This has ranged from geologic advice to assistance in the field to arranging for logistic support. For me, the logistic support has included loan of his personal Canova and his signing for hours of helicopter time.

I have known and worked with Glenn continuously from 1970 until now. He pushed through to publication his early papers from his PhD thesis in the Mt. Raleigh area, which were appropriately single-authored and included the proof that compositional zoning in garnet was lost by diffusion at temperatures over 700oC.

When I visited Glenn in his thesis area, my field assistant wrote the following in his journal: "Imagine a helicopter flight through mostly clouded-over, socked-in Coast Ranges with brief but fantastic views of broad glacier fields with deep and wide crevasses, medial moraines, jagged peaks, immense evergreen forests. Then, wham! The mist clears for a moment and you see two tiny figures camped on a remote ridge, waving to our helicopter. We negotiate an exciting landing on a narrow snow-covered ridge and all of a sudden here is Glenn talking geology with Linc while the two field assistants pass the time. It clearly took somebody closely related to a mountain goat to move around in that country!"

His concern for his colleagues under his care is illustrated by this incident: I was visiting the camp of one of my students when it and our radio were blown away by a typhoon. We were looking to spend a cold night in the fresh snow, wrapped in the shreds of the tent, when we heard the pop-pop-pop of a helicopter. Glenn had followed the track of the typhoon on his television in Vancouver and called the helicopter company to go get us. We had missed our radio sched, and he knew we were in trouble.

Glenn has been the catalyst that has led to a cascading amount of high quality research, the most recent of which is being presented in this session.