The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Upon completing the book one must conclude that Vest has a
sympathetic understanding of his subject and a scholarly inclina-
tion for research, coupled with a fluent writing style. Fortunate
it is that Vest was able to gain access to papers in personal hands
which otherwise might never have seen the light of day. His con-
tribution is substantial.
It would have been difficult indeed to find a better man or a
better scholar to pen the "Foreword" to Vest's book than Joseph
Schmitz, vice president of St. Mary's University at San Antonio.
Texas State Archives
A Pioneer Geologist, Biography of Johan August Udden. By
Monica Heiman. Kerrville (Privately published by S. M.
Udden), 1963- $5.00.
Johan August Udden was not a young man when he came to
Texas to stay in 1911, having already attained eminence in teach-
ing and in science. When he left Augustana College, at an ad-
vanced age of fifty-two, J. A. Udden gave up the security and
monetary remunerations of a teaching position to join W. B.
Phillips, the director of the Bureau of Economic Geology and
Technology, The University of Texas, as that Bureau's chief field
geologist. He gave up security and comfort for the hard life of the
West 'Texas semidesert at an age when most men are beginning
to think of retirement. He gave up close family contact to return
to Texas where he spent more time away from his family than
with it. All of this resulted from a dedication to science, which
was later recognized by several honorary degrees and even royal
recognition by the King of Sweden.
In 1911, when Udden joined the Bureau of Economic Geology,
he expanded his dedication to science to include also the dedica-
tion to public service, and upon the resignation of W. B.
Phillips, Udden became the director of the bureau. It was during
Udden's directorship that the Bureau of Economic Geology de-
veloped the program for sound basic research and excellence in
publication for which it has since been known. As field geologist
and later as director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, Udden's
contribution to the understanding of the natural resources of
Texas and to the growth of the state cannot be measured.


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