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Dr. Donald Digger Gorman

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Employment History

  • President
    City and County Landfill Committee
  • Walker Mineral Club

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Ph.D.
    University of Illinois
6 Total References
Web References
Club History - Contributors, 22 July 2013 [cached]
Donald "Digger" Gorman Donald "Digger" Gorman has been a long-time member of the Walker Club and is now its Honourary President. His years at the University of Toronto and his consulting expertise have made him well known in geological and mineralogical circles. The mineral, gormanite, was named in his honour. His contributions to the club in time and knowledge in terms of talks, workshops and field trips over many years are unique and have been greatly appreciated by generations of Walker Club members.
Walker Mineralogical Club, 30 May 2004 [cached]
Our honourary president is Dr. Donald "Digger" Gorman, Professor Emeritus of Mineralogy at the U. of T. Although over the years the Walker club has evolved into an amateur's club, we still have maintained a close relationship with the Royal Ontario Museum. :: The Bradley Scout, 16 April 2004 [cached]
Geology professor Donald Gorman always expects his students to be students first, a fact that, along with his forceful and dynamic teaching style, leads some to dub him a hard teacher.
According to Merrill Foster, chairman of the geology department and Gorman's longtime colleague, it isn't entirely uncommon to find Gorman on top of a table during the middle of a lecture.
Gorman will say goodbye to his colleagues and students alike this spring when he retires after almost 42 years at Bradley.
Gorman came to Bradley in 1962 after earning his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois.Then-dean Schroyer had contacted U of I in search of someone who could develop a full geology program for Bradley.
Before 1962, the university usually only offered one geology class each year through the Department of Geography and Geology.
Gorman spent his first 10 years on the job separating geology from geography and increasing the course offerings and faculty.In 1967 and 1969, Gorman recruited the two other current members of the faculty: Henry Helenek from Brown University and Merrill Foster from Harvard University.
Helenek and Foster helped Gorman to build the department into a substantial program that at one time boasted 52 majors and four faculty members.
In 1970, the geography and geology departments split and Gorman was named the department's founding chairman.He held this position until 1983 when he resigned to pursue other interests.
Gorman spent many summers teaching field courses around the country for schools with more developed programs, such as Portland State University, U of I, the University of Illinois-Chicago and the University of Arkansas.
"These programs were beneficial because the resulting relationships allowed Bradley geology students a chance to take a semester field program elsewhere," Gorman said.
Gorman is also active outside of the Bradley community, serving as the president of the City and County Landfill Committee for the past 17 years.He analyzed the geological conditions for the Peoria Fire Training Center site, and he participates in other civic and geological activities.
Gorman said he has high hopes for his replacement.
"This will give others the opportunity to take over what we started," Gorman said.
"Learn about what you're taking in geology and other classes," Gorman said.
Awards, 20 Mar 2006 [cached]
Dr. Donald "Digger" Gorman, Walker Mineral Club
Annual Banquet, 12 May 2006 [cached]
At the May annual WMC banquet, Honorary President, Dr. Donald "Digger" Gorman, presents the "Digger" Gorman Member of the Year Award to our Treasurer, Tony Steede.
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