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Hugh E. McKinstry Fund

The Hugh E. McKinstry Fund was established in memory of Hugh E. McKinstry, an enthusiastic and loyal member, and a past president of SEG. He, along with his wife, Elizabeth, were very involved with SEG, SEG Foundation, and the economic geology community. Both were loyal and generous friends of SEG and will be truly missed.


Hugh E. McKinstry (1896-1961)
Elizabeth F. McKinstry (1903-1998)

All but the very youngest SEG Fellows and SEG Members no doubt remember well the late beloved professor of economic geology at Harvard University. He believed strongly in our Society as a positive force in maintaining high professional standards and impeccable ethics in the science and profession of economic geology. His wife Elizabeth (who was also a prominent economic geologists in her own right), kept in touch with a number of Hugh's former students, his former colleagues, and the geology community in Tucson until her passing in 1998. Specifically, she has conferred frequently during the past decade with Tucson resident Ernest L. Ohle, the first recipient of the Ralph W. Marsden Award, past president and trustee of the Society of Economic Geologists Foundation (SEGF).

Elizabeth F. McKinstry, widow of Hugh, longtime professor at Harvard, and president of SEG in 1954, established the Hugh E. McKinstry Fund, in support of Hugh's chosen profession, with an initial gift of $50,000 in stock to SEGF. The Foundation, SEG, and all economic geologists will continue to benefit in perpetuity from this generous gift, for which we are most appreciative.

The terms, conditions, and purpose of establishing the Hugh E. McKinstry Fund began with the following statement: "Income from the fund Is to be used in support of grants for study, research, and teaching of the science of economic geology, or for related projects. It is appropriate to remember that although Hugh McKinstry worked wholeheartedly for the advancement of economic geology, both as a profession and as a field for basic scientific study, he considered himself primarily a teacher, concerned with the development of continuing new generations of qualified and able economic geologists."

Elizabeth F. McKinstry, widow of Hugh, longtime professor at Harvard, and president of SEG in 1954, established the Hugh E. McKinstry Fund, in support of Hugh's chosen profession, with an initial gift of $50,000 in stock to SEGF. The Foundation, SEG, and all economic geologists will continue to benefit in perpetuity from this generous gift, for which we are most appreciative.

The McKinstrys were loyal and generous friends of SEG and their legacy continues on through their work. This great couple enriched so many lives, and in the years to come, hundreds of students will benefit from their generosity through this fund. Whether or not you are a member of SEG, you can support this fund.