Winter 2023 /Choosing the Difficult/

Geology Department Turns 100

Founded in 1922 by A.O. Woodford, a 1913 graduate of the College better known as Woody, the Geology Department has marked its centennial year. So did Woodford, a one-man department for 30 years who died in 1990 at the age of 100. A great-nephew of Pomona co-founder Rev. James Harwood, Woodford majored in chemistry before earning a Ph.D. studying soil science at UC Berkeley. In addition to his research, Woodford was known for developing scientists. Among them was Roger Revelle ’29, an early predictor of global warming. UC San Diego’s Revelle College bears his name.