The Passing of Dr. Gene Fritsche

Dr. Gene FritscheDr. A. Eugene Fritsche passed away on July 7, 2013. Gene joined the CSU Northridge’s Department of Geological Sciences in Fall 1964, after receiving his Ph.D. from UCLA. He twice served as Department Chair, retired in Spring 2000 and was immediately granted emeritus status. Gene was a long time supporter and past President of the Pacific Section SEPM and held the title as Senior Advisor for Life.  Gene was an native of Los Angeles and grew up with love of the hills and complex geology that surrounded him. Although he traveled to every continent on Earth, always fascinated with the rocks and geology that he saw, the geology of southern California remained his lifelong passion. Gene was a caring teacher who made his students strive for the best, a strong mentor and role model for his research students, a leader in shaping the path of the department for decades, and a legend in the world of southern California geology. Equally important in his life were his family and the incredible adventures they shared for more than 50 years. His service to his fellow men and woman through Habitat for Humanity and other aid agencies improved the lives of many, and his kindness and humor touched their lives forever leaving happy memories. His loving and intrepid wife, Sue, said that Gene so enjoyed teaching geology at CSUN; and even though his life was a little shorter then we would have liked, he had a very happy and adventurous life with all his world travels and his many, many service projects. You can send memories of Gene to, and we will pass them on to Sue.

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Date Extendend!

The deadline for submitting abstracts to the 2013 Joint PSAAPG / SPE / PSSEPM Conference has been extended!

Submit your Abstract by
February 15th!

The best student poster presentation will receive the John Cooper Award


Call For PapersCALL FOR PAPERS! Joint PSAAPG / SPE / PSSEPM Conference – Monterey April 19th – 25th, 2013 at the Portola Hotel & Spa ( Energy & the Environment – Working Together for the Future Sessions

  1. Reviving Old Giants and Recognizing New Potential Mature Basins
  2. Opening Up the West: New and Overlooked Opportunities in Unconventional Reservoirs
  3. Sedimentary and Biogeochemistry of the Monterey Formation & Upwelling Sediments: a Session Dedicated to Bob Garrison
  4. Contributions to the Geology of the Sacramento Valley
  5. Arctic Energy Opportunities: from the Cook Inlet to the North Slope and Beyond
  6. Geothermal Development in a Changing Energy Landscape
  7. Energy and the Environment
  8. Outcrop, Subsurface and Modern Seafloor Studies of California’s Turbidite Systems
  9. The Stratigraphic Architecture of Deep-Water Depositional Models
  10. Fluvial and Shallow-Marine Depositional Systems: Insights from Outcrops and Subsurface Prediction
  11. Western North America Earthquake Hazards: What’s Shakin’?
  12. Faults, Folds, Transforms and Terranes of Western North America
  13. Sediment Routing in Western North America
  14. Tectonics and Sedimentation on the Pacific Margin of North America: New Developments and Interpretations
  15. Analysis and Modeling of the Dynamics of Coupled Seascapes and Landscapes
  16. Undergraduate Research Poster Session

Submit Your Abstract NOW! Submit your abstract to: and list what session you prefer and oral or poster. Deadline for submission is 1/15/13