Last Updated: 1/6/2009 from 1997 Newsletter

Allen Throop

University prior to coming to ASU: Colby College
Status at ASU: M.S., Geology, 1970

My family and myself

Allen worked for many years as a mining geologist in various parts of Australia where, among other things, he introduced me to the Barrier Reef. He has since returned to the U.S., and is now a reclamationist with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. A major project recently has been trying to keep acid rock drainage from a recently abandoned copper mine from a nearby stream that used to have Coho salmon in it. Most of his work is with the aggregate industry. “Janet is still enjoying teaching violin to students from age 4 to 70; we have a steady stream of students to our house. Both of our children are in graduate school and look with disdain on the Masters degree that I was pleased to get many years ago. My son and I managed to get to the top of Mt. Rainier in May—we were the only father-son team as well as the oldest and youngest in the group. My evenings are now filled with brushing up on geology. I have been teaching a course in Oregon Geology at a local community college and Georesources for Linfield College. After many years of worrying more about convincing miners that they really want to do a good job of reclamation, getting back to studying the fascinating geology of this state has been fun. My most recent ‘professional’ publication was about bicycle touring in Oregon. Although the subject was different, the pay reminded me of an article that we wrote for Economic Geology many years ago. Putting the time in on both subjects was satisfying.” Alice and I had dinner with Allen and Janet last week (mid-January), during which several people approached Janet asking if she would teach them or their children how to play the violin (she seems famous in the Corvallis area).


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