Donald F. Eschman, 1945
B.A., Denison University
M.A., Harvard University
Ph.D., Harvard University
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Citation awarded on Saturday, June 6, 1970
Donald Eschman is recognized for his major contributions to the understanding of community water resources, glaciation, and the geology of Michigan.
Son of Dr. Karl Eschman, a well-known Denison professor-emeritus of music, Donald entered higher education as a teaching fellow in geology at Harvard. He also taught at Tufts College before joining the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1953. He rose through the professional ranks to a professorship in 1962, served as chairman of the department of geology and mineralogy from 1961 to 1966, and as chairman of the academic counselors for freshman and sophomores. He also has served as consultant for the Geological Survey of Canada and for various municipal and township governmental bodies on water supply. His investigations have focused upon the deglaciation of the Michigan River Basin, the glacial Grand Valley and Thumb Area of Southeastern Michigan, and the midcontinental glaciation in Southwestern Alberta. The results of his findings have appeared in articles and reports in various scientific journals. He is also the co-author of the book Geology of Michigan, which the University of Michigan Press published this year.