Robert M. Hutchinson Memorial Fund


Robert M. Hutchinson Memorial Fund

The Robert M. Hutchinson Memorial Fund was established by family, friends and colleagues to honor the life and achievements of Robert M. Hutchinson ("Hutch"). Hutch served Colorado School of Mines as a member of the geology department faculty from 1956 to 1998. The Hutchinson Fund helps to carry on his legacy by providing for an annual Brunton Compass award, given at commencement to the most outstanding geological mapping student in that year's Field Geology course. The fund also provides undergraduate geology students with scholarship awards.

About Hutch

  • Born December 24th, 1918
  • Graduated from Princeton University in 1941 with a BS in Geology
  • Graduated from the University of Michigan in 1948 with a MS in Geology
  • Graduated from the University of Texas in 1956 with a PhD in Geloogy
  • Served in the Army Corps of Engineers in WWII
  • Taught at the Colorado School of Mines from 1956 to 1998
  • Passed away January 13, 1999
  • Survived by his wife, eight children, and six grand children
Bob "Hutch" Hutchinson was born in 1918 in Princeton, New Jersey. Hutch prepared at Mercer Junior College and the Hun School. At Princeton he was on the baseball team and joined Dial Lodge. He earned his BS in geology and remained an avid Princetonian all his life. During WWII, he served with the Army Corps of Engineers in Trinidad and explored for critical metals with the U.S. Geological Survey.

He earned an MA from the U. of Michigan in 1948, and was an instructor at the U. of Texas from 1948-53 while pursuing a PhD there. Hutch taught at Kansas State U. from 1953-56, then came to the Colorado School of Mines. He received several research grants from the Natl. Science Foundation to support a career-long study of the Pikes Peak Batholith, becoming a leading expert in its structure and petrology.

He became respected for the quality, detail, and beauty of the maps, surface and underground, which he produced. Hutch retired in 1989 but continued to teach optical mineralogy and underground mine mapping until his death.He earned his bachelor’s degree in geology from Princeton University in 1941.

He served the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Trinidad and also the U.S. Geological Survey, returning to school after World War II and earning his master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1948.

He taught at the University of Kansas from 1953 until he joined the School of Mines in 1956. Hutchinson earned several National Science Foundation grants to study the structure and petrology of the Pikes Peak Batholith, becoming an expert in its morphology. He also worked as a consultant. He retired in 1989, continuing to teach optical mineralogy until his death.
 
Chris Oglesby Says:

"Hutch" loved geology, loved teaching geology, and loved his students. He would go out of his way to help students who asked, and when they finally "got it," he was more excited than they were. During field checks at summer camp, you'd hear a "gronk, gronk" and it would be Hutch doing his dinosaur impression. After all, we were in the Cretaceous! Hutch was the best! Chris Oglesby (Colorado School of Mines ’80 ’88)

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