A generous gift by Candace E. Walker, daughter of former GSA member George W. Walker (1921–2014), will provide significant ongoing support for the recently established GSA Geologic Mapping Award in Honor of Florence Bascom. Click here for a biography of Dr. Bascom.
About George W. Walker
George Walker’s B.A. and M.S. degree in geology (petrology) were obtained from Stanford University. His began work for the U.S. Geological Survey in 1943 as a student for Aaron Waters, studying quicksilver in the Horse Heaven mining district in Oregon. After serving in the navy, Walker rejoined the USGS, working in the Mineral Deposits Branch in the Bay Area. From 1953 to 1958, he was based in Denver, where he did uranium reconnaissance in the western United States. Returning to Menlo Park in 1958, he started work as a field geologist on the Oregon State map, a project that would continue for the rest of his career. From 1972 to 1976, he served as chief of the Branch of Western Mineral Resources. He authored or coauthored numerous professional papers and maps, primarily on Oregon, but also covering areas in California and Hawai’i. He officially retired in 1986 but continued involvement with the USGS while the Geologic Map of Oregon (G.W. Walker and N.S. MacLeod, 1991), one of the first to be produced digitally, was being finished. View the map here.
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