Thank you for another good issue (Spring 2000) of the Wittenberg Magazine.
Since I did not take any geology classes at Wittenberg, I do not want to prolong any debate about the origins of the geology department (“Letters,” Spring 2000), but please see A History of Wittenberg College (1845-1945) by Harold H. Lentz, Ph.D, published by the Wittenberg Press, 1946.
On page 202, Lentz wrote about the year 1904, “To the newly established chair in science, known as the Springfield Professorship of geology and biology, Charles G. Shatzer was now called.
One year earlier he had been advanced from the Wittenberg Academy, where he had been teaching for three years, to the position of acting professor of geology and biology.”
Dr. Shatzer was Dean of the College and still teaching geology when he signed my diploma in 1946. ... Other heads wiser in the ways of academia will have to determine when the “geology department was founded.”