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Geology Fryxell legacy

Dr. Fryxell
When Dr. Fritiof Fryxell, a world-renowned geologist, died in 1987, he left more than a 50-year teaching legacy at Augustana College. He also left dozens of boxes of papers that students will study for years to come.

A 1918 graduate of Moline High School, Dr. Fryxell received a bachelor's degree from Augustana College. He received advanced degrees from the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago. He did additional graduate work at the University of Colorado.

He joined Augustana's faculty in 1923, rising to the chairmanship of the geology department.

He served with the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Park Service, performing perliminary geological work that led to the founding of the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

When he scaled Wyoming's Mount Owens in 1930, he was already widely recognized as an authority in the area.

In 1938 he published ``The Tetons: Interpretations of a Mountain Landscape.'' The book contains descriptions and analytical thoughts on the mountains, as well as his impressions and feelings about the range.

During World War II, he served in the Philippines, helping with terrain intelligence.

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