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Sheldon Judson ’40

Published in Sept. 8, 1999, issue

Archeologist and retired professor of geosciences, Shel Judson died May 20, 1999, after a notable professional career. He graduated with honors in geology and was Press Club president, a paw columnist, a Whig-Clio participant, and Cloister Inn president. Among his roommates were Dave Robinson, Dick Duff and Syd Woodd-Cahusac. Following Navy service, Shel earned his MA and PhD from Harvard. He then taught at Wisconsin U. and joined the Princeton faculty in 1955.

Shel was chairman of the Princeton department of geosciences and also dean of the university research board. In 1964 he was appointed Knox Taylor professor of geology and held faculty fellowships from the Ford, Guggenheim, and Fulbright Foundations. With other colleagues he wrote articles and texts for geology instruction-perhaps the best known of which are Physical Geology and a 1995 publication, Earth: An Introduction to Geologic Change. The Princeton geology camp at Red Lodge, Mont., was of particular interest to Shel.

Shel's first wife, Anne Perrin Galpin, died in 1990. His survivors include his present wife, Pamela Judson-Rhodes, three daughters, and numerous grandchildren and stepgrandchildren. Princeton and the class will miss this highly respected professor and classmate. We heartily endorse the words of his friend Herb Shultz: "Shel was a great friend and a great loss."

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