October 17, 1996
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  Marland Billings, Professor of Geology, Dies

Marland Pratt Billings, an expert in structural geology and professor of geology emeritus who retired in 1972, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, in Peterborough, N.H. He was 94.

Billings was born on March 11, 1902, in Boston and was educated at Roxbury Latin School. He received his A.B. (1923), his A.M. (1925), and his Ph.D. (1927) from Harvard.

Billings taught for a brief time at Bryn Mawr College. Then returned to teach at Harvard for the duration of his career.

In the 1950s, Billings studied the geology exposed by some of the bedrock tunnels being constructed in the Boston area by the Metropolitan District Commission for water supply and drainage disposal. He also investigaed the geology of many parts of the world, including Iceland, Japan, and Australia.

Billings wrote Structural Geology (1942), as well as Bedrock
Geology of New Hampshire
(1956) and A Geological Map of New Hampshire (1955).

Billings was president of the Geological Society of America in 1959, and a member of the American Geophysical Union, the Mineralogical Society of America, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Seismological Society of America.

Billings leaves his wife, Katharine Fowler-Billings, and a son George, both of Peterborough.

Contributions may be sent to a scholarship fund at Roxbury Latin School, 101 St. Theresa Ave., West Roxbury, MA 02132, earmarked "in memory of alumnus Marland P. Billings."


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