Willard Brownell Jewell Papers

Identifier: MSS.0229

  • Staff Only


  • 1919 - 1979

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Biographical Sketch

Jewell, Wlllard Brownell, born in Little Compton, R.I., April 4, 1899. Graduated from Mount Harmon Sohool for Boys 1918, Seaman U.S. Navy Sept. 1918 - Dec. 1918, Ships Carpenter U.S. Merchant Marine Feb. 1919 - Aug. 1919, PhB Brown Univ. 1923, PhD Princeton Univ. 1926, Asst. Prof. Vanderbilt Univ. 1926-1938, Asso. Prof. Vanderbilt 1938-., Visiting Prof, of Geology, Summer Sohool, Colorado College 1935, Director Vanderbilt Summer Field Trip in Geology, summers of 1929, 1930 and 1936. Asst. U.S. Geol. Survey (Alaskan Branch) 1924-1925, Asso. Geologist (part time) Tenn. Geol. Survey 1927-. Asst. Geologist, Newfoundland Geol. Survey 1937. Member of the Tenn. Acad, of Science and the Soc. of Econ. Geologists. Publications and research on the Coast Range Intrusives of Alaska and British Columbia, Mineral Deposits of the Salmon River Area, Hyder District, Alaska, Geology and Mineral Resources of Hardin County, Tenn., Geology and Mineral Deposits of the Baie d'Espoir Region, Newfoundland and Barite-Fluorite-Sphalerite-Galena Veins of Central Tennessee. Died June 21, 1969


It is with sorrow, regret, and a deep sense of loss that the Faculty of the College of Arts and Science records the passing on June 21, 1969, of WILLARD BROWNELL JEWELL, professor emeritus of geology, after forty two years of most distinguished service to Vanderbltt University.

The Faculty extends Its deepest sympathy to the family of Professor Jewell and hopes that they will find some small measure of comfort in the assurance that the University and his colleagues will long revere his memory and be grateful for his outstanding stature as a scholar, teacher, and administrator as well as for the many other Indispensable and varied services he rendered the University.

Wlllard Brownell Jewell was born on April 4, 1899, In Little Compton, Rhode Island, where he was returned to rest. He attended the public schools there until he entered Mt. Hermon School In the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts in 1915. He graduated from Mt. Hermon In 1918 and the following autumn enrolled In Brown University. His freshman year was interrupted, but after part of a year as a petty officer In the Merchant Marine he returned to Brown and graduated with honors in 1923. He then went to Princeton University for his graduate work and received his Ph.D. In Geology there in 1926.

While at Princeton, Dr. Jewell married Ann Hennessey of Fall River, Massachusetts. Their children are John William, Barbara Ann Pond, and Richard Brownell.

In September. 1926, Dr. Jewell came to Vanderbilt University as Assistant Professor of Geology. He remained at Vanderbilt rising to Associate Professor in 1937 and to full Professor and Chairman of the Department of Geology In 1942. He early interested himself in university affairs - curriculum, counseling, teaching, and students. He served on many university committees, often as chairman, such as those on the Advisory System, Athletics, Senior College, Veterans, Curriculum, Student Christian Association, Library, Natural Sciences, and Faculty Committee to the Board of Trust. He was elected an original member of both the Faculty Council and the University Senate. He served as Chairman of the Campus Committee tn the $30 Million for Vanderbilt Campaign, and for fifteen years was secretary of the College of Arts and Science Faculty.

Dr. Jewell's professional work ranged from Alaska and Newfoundland to Tennessee and North Carolina. His primary interest was always the study of mineral deposits, both ores and industrial minerals. The results of these studies have been published principally in bulletins of various geological surveys.

He was a member or fellow of several professional societies including The Geological Society of America, and served as chairman of its Southeastern Section, in 1962 he was president of the Tennessee Academy of Science. He was a member of ODK, Sigma Xi, and Phi Beta Kappa. He served as president of the Vanderbilt chapters of Sigma Xi and Phi Beta Kappa. From 1949 to 1951 he was a member of the Tennessee Conservation Commission under Governor Browning.

Professor Jewell was also a great teacher. No matter how busy, he was always glad to drop whatever he was doing and talk to students about their problems, scholastic or otherwise. His advice was sympathetic and objective and consequently, highly respected. (This was similarly true of his relations to younger colleagues.) His lectures and explanations always started with first principles or historical background and on these firm foundations, he built, logically and objectively, the thesis or conclusion that seemed best to fit the facts. This objectivity characterized also his relations with his colleagues and his attitude toward his work. His salty New England speech and humor were trademarks.

Those of us who had the very great fortune to serve as his associates, or were closely connected with him in other capacities, will treasure as long as we live his unfailing friendliness and good humor; his courage and intellectual honesty; his example of sound scholarship and duty to truth and principle. Professor W. B. Jewell was one of Vanderbilt's Great Men.


Richard G. Stearns

Herbert Weaver

Charles W. W1lson, Jr.

It is here moved that a copy of this Memorial be Included in the Minutes of this meeting of the Faculty of the College of Arts and Science, and that copies be sent to each member of his family.


18.38 Linear Feet (39 Hollinger boxes, 1 oversize flat folder)

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Finding Aid for the Willard Brownell Jewell Papers
Zach Johnson
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