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In Memory

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Schumm Passes Away

April 19, 2011

Stanley A. Schumm, husband, father, and 'Papa' to his grandchildren, passed away April 10 in Fort Collins surrounded by his family.

Stan SchummHe is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ethel, his son Brian Schumm of Fort Collins, daughters Mary and husband Ron Richardson of Missouri, Chris and husband Doyle Stewart of Nevada, and grandchildren Kate, William, Emily, and Jack.

He was born February 22, 1927, in Kearney, N.J. Following service in the Navy during World War II, he received his B.A. in Geology at Upsala College in N.J., and later his PhD. in Geomorphology at Columbia University.

Dr. Stanley A. Schumm, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Colorado State University, was an internationally acclaimed geomorphologist whose seminal research into earth surface processes over a 55 year long career, first at the US Geological Survey and then at Colorado State University, was recognized by his peers worldwide. He received awards from the US National Academy of Sciences, American Geophysical Union, Geological Society of America, British Geomorphological Research Group and the Japanese Geomorphological Union. His accomplishments as a dedicated teacher were recognized with the Outstanding Educator of America Award and the Durrel Award at Colorado State University. For 30 years, his research program attracted graduate students from across the United States and internationally.

Stanley will be remembered foremost for his devotion to family, friends, and career. He was well rounded and interested in all things, often surprising us with his knowledge of the most obscure. A storyteller, his wit and humor lightened every occasion. He enjoyed travelling the world, and kept a map on his office wall filled with pins of all the places he had been. Reading was one of his favorite pastimes from his earliest years, and his book collection offered a vast variety. We will miss his easy smile, compassion, and unwavering support.

Papa had a loving and playful bond with his grandchildren: exploring, teasing, laughing, playing, and goofing the hours away, all done in an educational (but entirely silly) manner.

Memorial donations can be made to the existing Stanley and Ethel Schumm Fellowship in the Department of Geosciences at CSU where Stan worked for 30 years and positively affected the lives of hundreds of students throughout his career. Please send donations to Allnutt Funeral Service, 650 West Drake Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526.

Please visit to view Stanley's online obituary, sign the family guest book and send condolences.

Contact: Dell Rae Moellenberg
Phone: 970-491-6009