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John Chambers Crowell

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John J. Chambers Crowell passed away May 13, 2015 at 98 years old. He was Professor of Geology Emeritus at University of California Santa Barbara and former chairman of the geology department at UCLA. During World War II he was awarded the bronze star for forecasting surf conditions for the Normandy Invasion. In 1946, Crowell obtained his MA in oceanographic meteorology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and then his PhD in geology from UCLA in 1947, where he was a distinguished university professor for 20 years. Crowell came to UCSB from UCLA in 1967. He co -founded the UCSB Environmental Studies Program. Crowell's many honors include membership in the US National Academy of Sciences, fellowship in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fulbright Award to Austria, a Guggenheim Scholarship to Switzerland, the Penrose Medal, the Career Contribution Award from the Geological Society of America, and an honorary doctorate from the University Louvain, Belgium and the Society for Sedimentary Geology Lifetime Achievement Award. Mount Crowell in Antarctica is named for him. He is preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Betty and survived by two great grandchildren, two grandchildren and his only child, Martha Bobroskie, artist and designer for Marty Magic Jewelry of Santa Cruz, California. John Crowell's Memorial Service will take place in the Music Room at Casa Dorinda, Montecito, on Saturday, June 27, at 3:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the continuing John Crowell Lecture Fund at U.C.S.B. Contact Kate Lima: Earth Science Dept. 805 893-4688
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 20 to June 21, 2015
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