William H. (Bill) Taubeneck earned his BS and MS degrees in geology at Oregon State College, served as an instructor in the early 1950s, and joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Geology in 1955. Taubeneck specialized in igneous petrology and did extensive geological mapping in the Wallowa Mountains and northeastern Oregon. He published a number of articles and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to study at Oxford University in 1963-1964. Taubeneck was a colorful instructor and received the Loyd Carter Award for Outstanding and Inspirational Teaching in Science in 1983. Taubeneck was Graduate Advisor and Chair of the Geology Department Graduate Committee for more than 10 years, ending in the early 1980s. He retired in 1983, but maintained an active research program, including fieldwork, for more than 20 years.
William Harris Taubeneck was born August 27, 1923 in Marshall, Illinois. He attended Michigan State briefly in 1941-1942 before serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. He attended Oregon State College in 1946-1950 and earned both a BS (1949) and MS (1950) in Geology. Taubeneck enrolled in the doctoral program at Columbia University in 1950 and earned his Ph.D. from Columbia in 1955. During the period of his doctoral studies, he conducted field studies in northeastern Oregon for his dissertation and served as an Instructor in Geology at Oregon State during the 1951-1952 and 1954-1955 academic years.
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