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The Robert M. Hutchinson Memorial Fund was established by family, friends and colleagues to honor the life and achievements of Robert M. "Hutch" Hutchinson. 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.
Hutch earned his bachelor’s degree in geology from Princeton University in 1941. At Princeton he was on the baseball team and joined Dial Lodge. He remained an avid Princetonian all his life. During WWII, 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 was an instructor at the University of Texas from 1948 to 1953 while he earned his Ph.D. there. He taught at the University of Kansas from 1953 until he joined the School of Mines in 1956. He received several research grants from the National 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 is survived by his wife, Bette, and their eight children and six grandchildren.