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Renowned volcanologist honored with graduate fellowship

Thais Freda Bullard and her father, Fred Mason Bullard. (Photo courtesy of the Department of Geology and Geophysics at UH Manoa School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology)


Fred Mason Bullard, a world-renowned pioneer in the study of volcanology, general geology and geophysics, will be forever remembered through an endowed fellowship his daughter Thais Freda Bullard established in his name before she passed away last year.

Fred Mason Bullard as a young man. (Photo courtesy of the Estate of Thais Freda Bullard)

With her estate gift of about $1.8 million, Thais created the Fred M. Bullard Endowed Graduate Fellowship to carry on the legacy of learning her family embodies. This fund will benefit the graduate fellowship program in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at UH Manoa School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology (SOEST).

“The gift of this fellowship will perpetuate the work of Fred Bullard, who motivated generations of Earth science students,” said Dean Brian Taylor, SOEST.

Fred Bullard (1901-1994) dedicated his life to teaching and research. At the University of Texas at Austin where he taught geology and volcanology, he was considered an outstanding professor and credited with inspiring many of his students to follow careers in geology.

During his career, he served as a visiting professor at universities both nationally and internationally, drawing on his extensive fieldwork on volcanoes and geology in the U.S. West Coast and North West regions, Canadian Rockies, Europe, Africa, Asia, Central America and South America. His leading edge work inspired books and films that were highly sought after for many years.

Thais was very proud of her famous father and wanted to honor him in a meaningful way. Her commitment to support student research will give students the opportunity to pursue a career in this field, and further what her beloved father began over 80 years ago.

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