Interview of Charles Henry Summerson by Regina A. Brown
Creators:Summerson, Charles Henry, 1914-2008
Contributors:Brown, Regina A.
Subjects (LCSH):Ohio State University. Dept. of Geology -- History
Summerson, Charles H. (Charles Henry), 1914-2008 -- Interviews
Ohio State University -- History -- Sources
Keywords:Ohio State University. Institute of Polar Studies
Ohio State University. Faculty Club
Ohio State University. Dept. of Geodetic Science
Geological Survey (U.S.)
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Publisher:Ohio State University Archives
Series/Report no.:Ohio State University. University Archives Oral History Program. Ohio State University Oral History Project
Dr. Summerson summarizes his experiences with the U.S. Geological survey that included Ohio geology. First as a “visitor” and then as a member, he found the bachelor’s table at OSU Faculty Club was a place “to meet very interesting and charming individuals” and some “faculty characters”. His interview includes his memories of various persons; e.g. President Novice Fawcett, Ralph Fanning, Woody Hayes, and many others. He described the role of Frank Ludden as advisor for the restoration of the paintings in Orton Hall. Dr. Summerson helped in the establishment of the summer field camp in Utah. He, George Harding, and Al Hynic designed the curriculum that led to the establishment of the Dept. of Geodetic Science. A strong interest in the history of science was supported by some other faculty members. They developed a History of Science course. When the emphasis in the Dept. of Mineralogy became less toward ceramics and more toward geology, it became a part of the Dept. of Geology. Dr. Summerson helped Richard Goldthwait write the prospectus for the Institute of Polar Studies. Dr. Summerson was asked to summarize some of the changes that occurred since he joined the faculty in 1947. The library became more formal in organization. The changes in buildings and traffic around the oval changed one’s pattern of daily activities. The descriptions of chairmen of the Dept. of Geology also include his experiences after the “snow bowl” in 1950. Dr. Summerson’s professional interests included sedimentology and the sources of marble for ancient Greek statues. After retirement, he had a major role in the renovation of Orton Hall and Mendenhall Lab.
Ralph Fanning, Artist (pp. 1, 4) -- Edmund Spieker; Chair of Geology (pp. 2, 22) -- Dr. Bevis: President (p. 2) -- Novice Fawcett: President (p. 3) -- Jake Taylor: Vice President (p. 3) -- Woody Hayes: Coach (p. 4) -- Olen Moore: Romance language (p. 5) -- Sam Foltz: Mechanical Engineering (p. 5) -- Charles Folk: Water Chemistry (p. 5) -- Phillip Keemeen: Astronomy (pp. 6, 13) -- Frank Ludden: Art (pp. 7, 8) -- Irvin Fry: Art (p. 9) -- George Harding: Civil Engineering (pp. 10, 13) -- Al Hynic: Astronomy (p. 11) -- Fred Doyle: Photogrammatist (p. 11) -- Gary Harold Smith: Geography (p. 12) -- Al Kuhn: Provost (p. 13) -- Frank Pagues: History (p. 14) -- Earl Manchester: Librarian (p. 14) -- Miss Buxton: Secretary in library (p. 15) -- John Stevens: Librarian (p. 15) -- Duncan McConnell: Mineralogist (p. 18) -- Dr. Carman: Chair of Geology (p. 20) -- Lois Campbell: Student (p. 21) -- Richard Goldthwait: Geologist (p. 24) -- Ernie Ehlers: Geologist (p. 27)
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