Cynthia R. Greeley established this endowment in honor of her husband, Ronald Greeley, in December 2011. Many colleagues, friends, and family members also made donations to build the endowment in his memory.
Ron left a wonderful legacy in the form of his students, many of whom have become leaders themselves in planetary geology throughout the country and the world. His research in planetary geology contributed significantly to our understanding of planetary bodies within our Solar System.
Known as an exacting professor and scientist, Ron Greeley began teaching at ASU in 1977 with a joint professorship in the Department of Geology and the Center for Meteorite Studies. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in geology at Mississippi State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, Rolla. He served as department chair and later as the interim director during the establishment of the School of Earth and Space Exploration. In 1995, Ron received the highest honor bestowed upon ASU faculty when he was named a Regents' Professor of Geological Sciences.
Professor Greeley passed away on October 27, 2011, in Tempe. The Greeley family is pleased that this tribute to their husband, father, and grandfather will benefit generations of students at ASU.
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