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RIP Dr. Spence Titley 1928 -2019



Spencer Rowe Titley
Sept. 27, 1928 to Aug. 18, 2019

Dr. Spencer R. Titley passed away in Tucson on Sunday morning, August 18, 2019. The following is part of a memorial posted at the Arizona Geological Society portal page.

Spencer Titley was born September 27, 1928, in Denver, Colorado, where he grew up and graduated from East High in 1946.  His first taste of the future was spent working as an underground miner at Cripple Creek and Idaho Springs during the summers of 1947 and 1948.  Spence earned an undergraduate degree in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1951.

From 1958 to 1960, he continued as Regional Exploration Geologist for New Jersey Zinc in Arizona and New Mexico. Spence joined The University of Arizona faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1960, progressing to Professor of Geosciences Emeritus.

A lifetime member of the Arizona Geological Society, Spence served as AGS President in 1974-75 and its Vice President of Field Trips in 1973-74.   He was also a co-editor of the 2008 AGS Ores and Orogenesis Digest.

Dr. Titley was a true gentleman, a geologist's geologist, a student's teacher, and a client’s consultant.  He had a lasting impact on his students and the field of economic geology.

Service details will be announced by his family at a later date.