Geology alumni honor professors’ legacies with two gifts
November 17, 2011
This fall, two Spartan geologist alumni committed to gifts honoring professors who had a big impact on their lives and careers.
James R Le Compte, ’71 B.A. ’78 M.S. Geology, is a retired geologist with a long career in the U.S. Geological Survey as well as in the private sector with JCP Geologists Inc./First American Corporation.
His gift honors Cal Stevens, a professor emeritus of Geology and LeCompte’s thesis advisor, as well as Scott Creely, a former SJSU Geology Department Chair. Le Compte decided to recognize his professors because of the important role they played in shaping his understanding of geology. In Le Compte’s own words:
“My thesis fieldwork took place in the Leach Mountains located in north easternmost Elko County, Nevada, during several months in the summers of 1972 and 1973. During the summer of 1972, I was privileged to be visited in the field for several days by both Dr. Cal Stevens (My primary thesis advisor at SJSU) and Dr. Scott Creely (The SJSU Geology Department Chairman) who were each, separately working in the region at the time. The encouragement provided to me by Dr. Stevens and Dr. Creely during those several days led to my successful completion of the fieldwork in the Leach Range and to the, eventual, writing of my thesis.
“Both men were valued teachers and friends of mine, both in the classroom and in the field. I was privileged to have known them and to have learn a great deal of what I know Geology from them.”
The James R Le Compte Endowed Academic Scholarship Honoring Dr. R. Scott Creely and Dr. Calvin H Stevens, which is a planned gift, will establish an endowment for students majoring in Geology.
Jay Moffitt, ’77 M.S. Geology, has been a geologist in the oil and gas industry from 1978 and continues in the oil industry as president of Gateway Exploration, a small private, Houston-based exploration and production company.
Moffitt’s gift was given in honor of Cal Stevens, who was Moffitt’s graduate thesis advisor. According to the alumnus, the guidance he received from Stevens during his field work and thesis was invaluable. That support translated into both perseverance to continue in his work and a research product that shaped his future professional decisions.
The Jay and Laura Moffitt Endowed Fund will be used to establish a permanent endowment for undergraduate or graduate students in Geology. The fund will be used to provide long-term sustaining support to the Geology Department in support of student success, which could include scholarships, fellowships, support for student research or field work and faculty led projects.