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Lyn Woodard, wife of Hank Woodard, has passed

July 30, 2013 at 4:49 pm

With heavy hearts, we acknowledge the death of Lyn Woodard, the wife of Beloit College Emeritus Professor of Geology Hank Woodard. 

The legacy of success of our geology program at Beloit can, in part, be attributed to the hidden hand of Lyn. She and Hank met in 1949 while she was employed by the US Geological Survey and assigned to the Survey to the Lahontan Basin project in far western Nevada as a field geologist. Four years later, they moved to Beloit and, over the course of the next five decades, she and Hank studied geology together in at least 27 foreign countries and most of the 50 U.S. states--often with students in tow. From many reports, the success of the famed Beloit geology field schools of the Woodard era rested upon Lyn’s deft planning, coordination, and overall eagle eye.   

Lyn was a practitioner of the liberal arts and an active member of our community. An avid and accomplished scuba diver, she also became conversant in Spanish through taking classes at Beloit College. She earned her master’s degree at UW-Whitewater, taught earth science and biology in the Beloit school system and at UW-Rock County, and served as founding member and president of Beloit’s chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Although Parkinson’s Disease slowed Lyn down over the last 20 years of her life, she and Hank could still be counted on at many Beloit events, including lectures, performances, and alumni gatherings.

Lyn is survived by Hank, her husband of 64 years; her sons Blane and Mark (Beloit Class of 1975), and three grandchildren. At Lyn’s request, there will be no services. A celebration of her life is being considered for a later date.