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Classroom Profile

George Marion Ehlers
The Michigan Alumnus 257

The immense job of the care and
 identification of Paleozoic fossils in the 
University Museum is one of the duties
 of George M. Ehlers, '13, Ph.D. '30,
 Professor of Geology and Curator of 
Paleozoic Invertebrates in the Museum 
of Paleontology. Particularly, his 
work is with fossils from rocks of
 Michigan, as the University acts as 
the depository of material belonging
 to the Michigan Geological Survey.


Dr. Ehlers has spent many summers 
working with the Survey, engaged in 
the study of the stratography and pa
leontology of Paleozoic rocks. He has
 also found time to do some writing, 
and just recently published a book
 (with Professors K. K. Landes and G.
M. Stanley) on the "Geology of the
 Mackinac Straits Area." Dr. Ehlers,
 who now lives on a farm near Ann Arbor and does farming on a small 
scale, was born at Baltimore, Mary
land.

He attended public schools there
 and graduated from Baltimore City 
College High school before entering 
the University. After graduation from 
the University he served for a year as
 a Teaching Assistant at Williams Col
lege at Williamstown, Mass., followed
 by a short period as Assistant Geol
ogist with Wisconsin Geological and 
Natural History Survey.

He joined 
the faculty at the University as a
 Teaching Assistant in 1914, and be
came an Instructor in 1918. He has 
been promoted until becoming full Professor in 1943. Besides his teaching
 duties, Dr. Ehlers served as Director
 of the Geology summer camp (Camp 
Davis, Wyoming) for a time. He was 
appointed to his position as Curator in 
the Museum in 1932. Professor Ehlers 
is a Fellow of the Geological Society 
of America and a member of the Amer
ican Association of Petroleum Geol
ogists and the Ohio Academy of
 Science. Among the numerous other
 organizations of which he is a "member 
are Sigma Xi; Gamma Alpha, gradu
ate scientific fraternity; Michigan
 Academy of Science, Arts and Letters;
 and he is a Fellow of the Paleontolog
ical Society of America and the Amer
ican Association for the Advancement
 of Science.

Dr. Ehlers is married to
 the former Mabel Allen, and they have 
three children, all alumni of the Uni
versity—Allen, '36, g'36-37, now serv
ing as a geologist for Skelly Petroleum 
Company in Tulsa, Okla.; John, '43,
 former Navy Lieutenant now enrolled 
in the University Law School; and 
Priscilla, '39-40, now Mrs. Carl Fischer.