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Fossils and Fossil Fuels

I noted in Passings the death of Dr. DeVoto, "the Rabbit." I was at Mines when he arrived and the next summer we attended Geology Field Camp. He never walked anywhere, he ran. He ran up dip slopes and scarp slopes alike. He ran up and down ridges, he ran across valleys to get to the next ridge. He ran from outcrop to outcrop. He nearly killed us all. We called him the Rabbit ever since.

During field camp, I found a near perfect leaf fossil that I still have. I brought it to camp that evening, showed it to Dr. DeVoto and told him the formation from which it came. He immediately wanted to go back to where I had found it - not tomorrow, but now. We only had a couple of hours of daylight left. When we arrived at the place, he looked around, then took off with me in tow. Showing me how to walk across outcrops, drop down one formation and walk again. He made it clear that I was not in the stratigraphic horizon that I thought I was. Therefore, the find became normal instead of extraordinary.

The graduate students loved him. When I came back for my master's after serving for three years in the military, I found out why. He was always available, always interested, always helpful and always positive.

~James L. Evans '69, MS '73

It was heartening to read Larry Borowski's article in the Fall issue of Mines magazine. The "cradle to the grave" vision that he describes is necessary and overdue in its emphasis. I commend the School's leadership for this foresight and will be cheering them on. Historically, Mines has dealt with financial realities of the present, while never failing to see the future.

At my "advanced" age I have an enviable box seat in the stadium of energy development. While involved in research for a company that is developing new ways to utilize our nation's coal resources with minimal environmental impact, I am on the advisory board of another company that is developing uranium reserves. Our country and others will rely largely on fossil fuels while the nuclear option returns to the scene.

~Dr. Bisque, Professor Emeritus, Geochemistry