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Lougee, Richard Jewett, 1905-1960



Richard Jewett Lougee was born in 1905, in Malden, Massachusetts. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1927, and received his doctoral degree in geology from Columbia in 1938. From 1936-1947, Lougee taught geology at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, after which he taught at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts until his death in 1960. During his career Lougee conducted field work in New England, the northeastern United States and Canada, Scandinavia, where he was a Fulbright scholar, (1953-1954), Alaska (1943 and 1948), Novaya Zemlya (USSR, 1937) and Mississippi (1935-1936). In conjunction with his writing he mapped and photographed these and other regions. Lougee was a delegate to the 1937 International Geological Congress in the USSR; in 1952 he lead an excursion of the I.G.C. throughout New England, publishing a guidebook. Prior to his death, Lougee had propounded and was accumulating evidence for a new theory of the Ice Age. His theory was that only one ice cap, and not several, covered Canada and the northern United States during the Pleistocene Age, and disappeared 25,000 years ago.

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Richard J. Lougee papers

Identifier: ML-35
Date(s): 1902 to 1979

Richard J. Lougee (1905-1960), geologist. Dartmouth College Class of 1927. The collection consists of diaries, correspondence, drafts and printed copies of essays on various aspects of historical geology, photographs and slides of geological phenomena as well as biographical material.

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