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J. Stewart Williams

J. Stewart WilliamsJ. Stewart Williams was born on Aug. 5, 1901 in Provo, Utah. He received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in 1923 and went on to receive his MS degree from Columbia University in 1927 and his PhD from George Washington University in 1932. For his dissertation he worked on the paleontology and stratigraphy of the Tully Formation in New York in collaboration with G. Arthur Cooper from the Smithsonian Institution.  

In August of 1935 Stewart was named Professor of Geology and Head of the Geology Department at USU. In 1950 he was named Graduate Dean, a position he held concurrently with his Department Head position until his retirement in 1967. Stewart initially taught a great variety of courses at USU, but later devoted himself to surficial geology, paleontology and groundwater geology. Stewart worked extensively on the stratigraphy of the Logan area and mapped and published the Logan quadrangle. He also built a fireplace in his home that had rocks and fossils placed in the correct stratigraphic positions.

Stewart's graduate students produced the first MS degree in the department's history in 1936 and a total of 12 theses between that date and 1969. Click here to see a list of all the USU MS theses that Stewart supervised.

Stewart died at the age of 82 on July 19, 1984 after a long and productive career of teaching, research and consulting in geology.


The J. Stewart Williams Graduate Fellowship

The J. Stewart Williams Graduate Fellowship was developed to honor the memory of this former faculty member, department head, and graduate dean of Utah State University. The endowment provides support for summer research expenses incurred by graduate students. In order to be eligible for this award, graduate students must be in good standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA, have completed and submitted a fully-signed thesis committee form, have completed and submitted a fully-signed program of study form, and have completed and submitted a fully-signed thesis proposal by May 31st.

If you would like to contribute to the J. Stewart Williams Graduate Fellowship, you can send a check to the Department of Geology or you can go to the Utah State University secure on-line giving site.  Please be sure to specify the Department of Geology and the fund that you would like your contribution to go to.  Thank you very much!