Even after he retired, requests for his teaching materials continue to come in. Dale remains one of the broadest and most creative geophysicists of our time. After receiving his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982, he became a pioneer in numerical modeling of crustal deformation, making important contributions to how continents break apart. He was a world expert in the oceanic acquisition and interpretation of active source seismic profiles. Because of his expertise and his calm leadership skills, he was widely sought to lead these oceanic expeditions. In the decade before he retired, he became chief scientist of an expedition to map the subsurface structure of the Galicia margin, an amagmatic spreading center. This remarkable dataset became the research foundation for many graduate students at Rice and beyond, and has led to fundamental new insights into the complex interplay between rifting and serpentinization.
We are truly saddened by Dale’s departure. It is too soon, but we know he lived a wonderful life, enriching the lives of so many of us. Please stay tuned for more information about a future memorial. Also we encourage you to share your fond impressions and recollections of Dale in the comments below.
Cin-Ty Lee & Julia Morgan