I am a lifelong Oregonian, born in Portland in 1946. I became very interested in physical geography at age 10, but focused on mathematics both at Grant High School and Oregon State University. At OSU I met Barbara Underwood, and we married in June 1968. I earned a BS in August 1968, but am officially listed with the class of 1969.
The principal hobby of my youth was chess. I took this quite seriously, playing mostly against adults and finishing in second place in both the 1963 and 1964 Oregon Championship tournaments.
I barely avoided the Vietnam-era draft by joining the US Navy. I was assigned to the "Data Processing" specialty due to the many computer courses I had taken in pursuit of my math degree. My first and only assignment while in the Navy was at the Pentagon in the office of then-Commander Grace Murray Hopper. The mission was to promote use of the programming language COBOL throughout the Navy. I wrote much of the software used to verify the accuracy of COBOL compilers and served on a COBOL subcommittee of the American National Standards Institute.
In spite of good job offers in the DC area, I had an intense desire to return to Oregon and upon discharge in 1973 accepted a COBOL programming job at Portland Public Schools, then in 1976 with Standard Insurance Company. Standard had a flexible work policy that allowed me to take classes at PSU, where I got a BS in Geology in 1990. My goal had been to begin a second career but I never made the transition because it would have necessitated a significant pay cut. From 1997 to early 2000 I programmed for the Oregon Senior & Disabled Services Division. I began working as a programmer for Multnomah Education Service District in 2000, and plan to retire in 2017.
I discovered GSOC at a seminar I attended in 1986 and learned that their twice-monthly luncheon meetings were held in the building where I worked. I held the chairmanship of the luncheon programs in 1991 through 1993 and was surprised to be awarded a GSOC Fellowship at the 1993 banquet. I accepted nomination for the Vice Presidency for 1994, after being told that the principal duty was to "introduce speakers for the Friday evening programs". That sounded easy enough. Surprise! I became President in 1995. My President's Field Trip was headquartered in Vernonia and covered the geology of the Coast Range from Cascade Head to Astoria. I accepted a second Vice Presidency in 2003 followed by the Presidency in 2004. I regret there was no President's Field Trip that year.
Though I have never practiced geology professionally I have come to appreciate that "Geology is Everywhere", my way of expressing that a person can usually find something of geologic interest wherever he or she takes time to observe, even in a big city.
I was raised in Sioux City, Iowa, and earned my B.S. and M.S. degrees at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. My academic career included teaching two years at the school of Mines, seven years at the University of Minnesota, and seven years as a visiting professor at the University of Bahia, Brazil. After an abortive attempt for a Ph. D. degree at Memorial University at St. Johns, Newfoundland, I made a career change and am presently working for the Internal Revenue Service in Portland as your friendly customer service representative.
Current interests include unraveling the geology of the Pacific Northwest and enjoying the great outdoors with Beverly·Vogt.
Paul Brown, is the 1997-98 GSOC President , himself. Conveniently, Paul is a practicing psychologist, so that if we suffered any phobias or neurosi on the trip, he was available for handy consultation. His notes are exceptionally clear and lucid, indicating that he might be one analyst who actually listens to his patients.
The 1997 President’s Field Trip topic was “East Flank of Mount Rainier and Yakima, Washington: Transition Zone Between Cascade Volcanic Arc and Columbia River Plateau,” led by Paul Hammond of PSU and a GSOC member.
I was born and raised in the Midwest. I received a B.A. degree in English with a minor in music from Midland College, Fremont, Nebraska, and taught English and public school music for eight years in various places in Nebraska, Missouri, and Minnesota. I moved to Oregon in 1972, where I earned my B.A. and M. S. degrees in geology from Portland State University. I worked for the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries from 1977 until 1997 as a geologist, editor, publications manager, and outreach person. I am retired but spend time at DOGAMI and the Nature of the Northwest Information Center, which I began, as a volunteer.
I am divorced and have two sons, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren. I have lived with my best friend, Richard Bartels, since 1988. We study, talk, and observe geology whenever we can.
Carol S. Hasenberg
Carol Hasenberg grew up in West Virginia in the steel town of Weirton. Her interest in the Pacific Northwest began when she went with her parents on a car trip to Oregon in 1963 at the age of 7. She was not able to return to Oregon until after her college graduation, but she decided at an early age that this was where she was going to live. Her interest in geology began when she worked for an oil exploration geologist in Michigan while attending Michigan State University. After her graduation in Landscape Architecture from that school, she moved to Portland and got her first job as a draftsman at NERC0, a subsidiary of PP&L which mined coal in Wyoming and Montana, another geological connection.
After working for several years as a landscape designer, she went back to school in 1984 in Civil Engineering and had a modest career designing at a structural engineering consulting firm and performing seismic hazard assessment projects while teaching at Portland State University. Her interest in Geology solidified while taking engineering geology courses and learning about the Cascadia Subduction Zone and earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest.
Carol joined GSOC in 1995 mainly due to Richard Bartel’s very interesting and informative seminars. She was President in 1999-2000 and 2009- 2010. She has been the newsletter editor since 2000 and is still very active in the club as of 2015. Her President’s Field Trip in 1999 was to Steens Mountain, Diamond Craters and the Alvord Desert. Guest speakers included PSU’s Michael Cummings, biologist Rick Hall from the BLM, and GSOC Past Presidents Richard Bartels and Evelyn Pratt.