Todd Feeley tribute

Todd Christian Feeley, born in September of 1961, took his life in March, 2015. We have lost a thoughtful colleague and a steadfast friend. He distinguished his career with a long string of insightful papers that integrate geology and petrology of volcanic rocks. His work was always soundly based in field geology and his coworkers remember him for his outstanding skills in the field. Nor did he shy from using a wide range of sophisticated tools to address problems in volcanic petrology. His 1989 MS degree at Oregon State University with Anita Grunder on Middle Tertiary volcanism in eastern Nevada was followed by his 1993 PhD degree at UCLA with Jon Davidson on Volcan Ollaguë and the Central Andes. His fascination with subduction zone petrology continued with his post-doc work with Michael Dungan in Geneva focused in the Southern Andes. He continued his career as a faculty member at Montana State University, marching up the ranks to tenure and associate professor leaving a wake of masters students and several dozen publications on Mt. Lassen, the Pribilof Islands, and the Absaroka Volcanic Province. Todd worked tirelessly and was always ready to share his geological and petrological insight and to see the work to print. He never shied from sharing his point of view, and he more often than not spearheaded discussions on magmas, their sources, and how they erupt. A talented and complex person, we remember him for his passion for geology and for the gift of his quirky and unorthodox perspectives. Never easy and always interesting: Todd Feeley. May there be andesite wherever he’s gone.

-Anita Grunder and Peter Larson

Todd Feeley

Todd Feeley