Editor's Note: In researching the department of geology, we discovered
that students were studying geology well before it became a formal department
during Nave’s tenure. Our apologies for the confusion.
This is to call to your attention a very serious error in the history of Wittenberg
University as found on page 8 of the Winter 2000 edition of the Wittenberg Magazine.
The second paragraph of the article titled “Geology department remembers
founder” declares that Dr. Floyd R. Nave “founded the department
in 1953 in the attic of Carnegie Hall and watched it grow until his retirement
in 1988.” The paragraph says that “Nave was considered the ‘Father
of the Geology Department.’”
This simply cannot be true! I entered Wittenberg in the fall of 1948 in the
freshmen class and chose geology as my science study. I completed a full year
of first-year four-hour geology in the 1948-49 academic year and later devoted
a semester's study to geomorphology.
So, the department was a full-fledged part of the academic menu not only during
my freshman year but during the four years of my academic residence at Wittenberg,
which led to a B.A. in June of 1952 before moving on to Maywood Seminary near
The head of the geology department during the time I was reading geology was
Lincoln Stewart, Ph.D., whom I shall always fondly remember as a stern academic
disciplinarian who could also be compassionate and understanding of individual
students. Dr. Stewart's picture is presently before me in the 1949 edition of
the Wittenberger, Vol 33, in the lab of the department in Carnegie Hall.
Other pictures can be found of him in subsequent editions. Thus, although Dr.
Nave I'm sure was an excellent and much beloved teacher, he definitely cannot
be called the founder of the geology department it just is not so! I don’t
know who “founded” the department, but I do know that Dr. Stewart
held the chair during the time I was a resident at Wittenberg.
In the interest of accuracy, this matter should be corrected in the history
of the university and in the Wittenberg Magazine.