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Report on Obituary Notices (Unknown) — November 1979

Obituary Notices

Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, vol. 4, no. 11 (November 1979)
Managing Editor: Lindsay McClelland.

Obituary Notices (Unknown) Deaths of two volcanologists (Gustav Hantke and Tom McGetchin)

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 1979. Report on Obituary Notices (Unknown) (McClelland, L., ed.). Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, 4:11. Smithsonian Institution. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.SEAN197911-600400

Obituary Notices


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We are saddened to report the deaths of volcanologists Gustav Hantke and Tom McGetchin. We will mis them both.

For two decades (1941-1959) Hantke single-handedly compiled summaries of global volcananism into a series of papers, published in Bulletin Volcanologique from 1951 to 1962. In 1966 he published, with A. Parodi, the Catalog of Active Volcanoes of the World for Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. He died in his native Germany on 16 October at the age of 75.

Tom McGetchin's brief but brilliant career included teaching at MIT, founding the Geosciences group at Los Alamos Scientific Lab, and directing the Lunar & Planetary Science Research Institute. Tom was best known for his irrepressible enthusiasm and his innovative application of other sciences, particularly physics, to volcanological problems. He died in Hawaii after a long illness on 22 October at the age of 43.

Geological Summary. Obituary notices for volcanologists are sometimes written when scientists are killed during an eruption or have had a special relationship with the Global Volcanism Program.

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