In Memoriam: J. David Love

Title: In Memoriam: J. David Love
Publication: The Outcrop, October 2002, p. 8

J. David “Dave” Love, geologist, died Friday, August 23, 2002 in Laramie, Wyoming. He was born in Riverton, Wyoming in 1913. Dave received his B.A. in geology and chemistry in 1933 and his M.Sc. in 1934, both from the University of Wyoming. He received his Ph.D. in 1938 from Yale University.

Dave was a full-time member of the U.S. Geological Survey from 1942 to 1987 and an emeritus scientist until his death. He worked on strategic minerals during and after World War II, and from then on, concentrated on the geology of the entire state of Wyoming. He published geologic maps of the entire state, first in 1955 and revised in 1985; currently, 43 quadrangle maps of various areas of the state are being prepared for publication. In addition, he was the author of more than 250 geologic publications, articles and lectures. Known to all his associates as “Mr. Wyoming,” Dave was recognized by the Department of the Interior by both Meritorious and Distinguished Service awards and as a Legendary Geoscientist by the American Geologic Institute.

Dave is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jane; four children and seven grandchildren. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, October 12, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Presbyterian Church, 11th and Grand, Laramie, Wyoming. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to any of the following:

The J. David Love Field Scholarship
Wyoming Geological Association
c/o Kent Sundell
5034 Alcova Rte. Box 12
Casper, WY 82604

The Museum of the American West
636 Lincoln
Lander, WY 82520

The University of Wyoming Geological Museum
Box 3006
Laramie, WY 82071

Laramie Plains Museum
603 Ivinson Ave.
Laramie, WY 82070

Condolences may be addressed to the Love family at The Regency, 2621 East Sheridan St., Laramie, WY 82070, or by telephone at 307-745-4436.