To: The Laurentian Community
From: President William L. Fox
Date: June 12, 2017
In Memory: Emeritus Professor of Geology William Romey
I am sad to report that we have learned of the death on June 3 of Professor Emeritus of Geology William D. Romey.
Bill graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University. He served in the US Navy and then entered graduate school in geology at U.C. Berkeley, where he earned his doctorate. He taught at Syracuse University before joining the St. Lawrence faculty, retiring in 1990. He was also the director of the Earth Science Curriculum Project in Boulder, CO, for three years.
Bill’s former student Professor Jeff Chiarenzelli ’81 shared that “Bill Romey was an amazing professor and perhaps one of the greatest scholars on campus. He had expertise in a wide range of geological, geographical, and societal topics.” His family notes that “Bill spent many years as a shipboard lecturer travelling all over the world, notably for nine years in the Antarctic aboard The Explorer. His facility with languages enriched all aspects of his life; he was fluent in seven languages. Bill was a prolific author and committed teacher. He wrote several popular books on science education that were required reading for teachers. He also wrote over 500 primary scientific articles on geology and geography that were published in journals such as Science and the Journal of Geological Education. He had a passion for popularizing science and wrote numerous articles published in newspapers, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal."
I invite the Laurentian community to join Lynn and me in extending condolences to Bill’s family, including his sister, Sue DeWitt; his three children, Catherine (Cricket) Keener (Naples, FL), Gretchen Romey-Tanzer (Orleans, MA) and William L. Romey (Potsdam, NY); and seven grandchildren. We have created a Memorial tribute site for your reflections and memories.