Geology Reunion, Nov 5 and 6, 2021

We hope you are able to join us in Lexington on November 5 and 6, 2021. Please register by October 3 using the registration form below. No registration fee. Graduate students contact Sarah Wilson about financial assistance for transportation.

Schedule of Events

COVID precautions:
Vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals are welcome on campus. Please review the University's Guidelines and Restrictions (choose Visitors on the light blue banner). The health and safety protocols for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals could change depending on the latest public health guidance. We will notify you of changes that have bearing on the reunion.

Friday, November 5

  • 8:00              Sign-in and breakfast, Great Hall, Science Center
  • 9:00am         Field trip, lunch provided. Leave from the Science Center, ending at Jamie '81 and Alison Small's Buffalo Springs Farm, Raphine.
  • There will be a time to join the field trip for the lunch stop and or the stop before the end, at easy to access locations.
  • 4:00pm         Beer and wine hour, dinner
  • 6:00pm         The High Wheelers will perform (High Wheelers are the barbershop group Ed was in and Jay Crawford '58 still is in)
  • Rides back to town available all evening

Saturday, November 6

  • 8:30am         Breakfast, Great Hall, Science Center, student poster viewing also at this time
  • 9:30am         Presentation about past and present geology faculty, A214 Science Center
  • 10:30am       Coffee break, student poster viewing also at this time
  • 11:00am       Alumi panel and discussion about hot topics in the geosciences
  • 12:15pm       Lunch and talk by Jim Head '64, Louis and Elizabeth Scherck Distinguished Professor in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Brown University. Professor Head's talk is "From Lexington to the Moon, Mars and Beyond: Reflections on My Years at Washington and Lee and How it Prepared Me to Explore the Solar System."
  • 2:00pm         Head out to tree planting for Ed and Betty Spencer, Sunnyside Trail, Rockbridge Area Conservation Council (RACC)
  • 3:00pm         Break
  • 5:30pm         Beer and wine hour, Evans Hall
  • 6:45pm         Buffet dinner, Evans Hall
  • 7:30pm         Reflections and Recollections
  • 9:30pm         Last call

Additional points of interest

  • Walking on the Uncas Trail. On land owned by Andrew Wolfe McThenia III and named in honor of his dad, Andrew "Uncas" Wolfe McThenia, Jr. '58. Here's the story and information, and here's a map.
  • Sunnyside Trail. On land managed by RACC. Along Ross Road near Kendal to Boxerwood. The tree planting will be at the start of this trail.


Room are reserved at the following accommodations:

  • Morris House is all booked by early-birds but there may still be room at Belfield, on campus. Contact Sue Woodruff at 540-458-8200.

    Mention that you are with W&L Geology for the following.You may need to call in instead of reserving online.
  • Tonic (formerly Sheridan Livery Inn) (as of Sept 15 they still had rooms available but they are no longer reserved for the reunion, about $260 a night)
  • Best Western (reserve by Oct 4, $109 a night)
  • Best Western Plus at Hunt Ridge (reserve by Oct 4, $109 a night)
  • Comfort Inn Virginia Horse Center (reserve by Oct 4, $109 a night)


Contact Sarah Wilson at or 540-458-8800 (leave a message if I'm not in).