Merger with Dibblee Geological Foundation Will Create New Center
The Thomas W. Dibblee, Jr. Geological Foundation and the Santa Barbara
Museum of Natural History have announced plans for a merger that would
bring the lifelong work of legendary field geologist, Tom Dibblee, to
fruition and ultimately create an endowed center for geology at the
Mr. Dibblee, age 90, who still occasionally walks the Central Coasts
back country with students and fellow geologists, has devoted 75 years
of his life to mapping California geology crisscrossing one fourth
of the state on foot.
Most field geologists aspire to produce one map or a small section
of a map in their career, said John Powell, President of the Dibblee
Geological Foundation. Mr. Dibblee has mapped more than 500 quadrangles
of California geology. He is a living-legend for good reason,
he said. The Dibblee Geological Foundation has published 110 of
those quadrangles over the last 18 years. We intend to publish the remainder
over the next several years in partnership with the Museum.
The merger, announced by Mr. Powell and Museum Executive Director,
Dr. Karl Hutterer, will result in the establishment of the Thomas W.
Dibblee Jr. Center for Earth Sciences, and will be endowed by Mr. Dibblee
and other supporters of geology. The Center will initially focus upon
field geology and the publication of the Dibblee geologic maps. It will
eventually encompass a broad range of geological activities and services.
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is pleased and proud
to be able to preserve and cultivate the legacy of Tom Dibblee, who
has done so much to help us understand the dynamic forces that have
shaped our land, said Dr. Hutterer. Tom Dibblee is an icon
of our community and a major influence in the history of California
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