Lloyd J. Schmaltz

Lloyd J. Schmaltz
Professor Emeritus
  • Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia
  • M.S., University of Missouri-Columbia
  • B.S., Augustana College
Research interests: 
  • Geomorphology
  • Glacial geology
  • Regional geology and landforms

Dr. Lloyd J. Schmaltz came to Western Michigan University in 1959 with a singular purpose—to develop the best possible geology program. After a stint in the United States Marine Corps, Schmaltz earned a bachelor’s from Augustana College and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Missouri at Columbia. The only geologist in the Department of Geography at the time, he taught all the geology courses and a few geography offerings, too. As the number of geologists increased, the Department of Geology was created with Schmaltz as its chairperson. He guided the department and, with the aid of a carefully chosen faculty, he directed the development of master’s programs in geology and earth science. Outside of WMU, Schmaltz has chaired the Geological Society of America’s Chairman’s Group, was president of the North-Central Region of the National Association of Geology Teachers, and served as general chairman of the North-Central Region of the Geological Society of America. Trained in geomorphology and glacial geology, his interests were regional geology and landforms. He studied pediments in Arizona, and in 1974 he led the first in a continuing series of trips into the Rocky Mountains and the Southwest. Schmaltz's annual “run down the Colorado” has included college freshmen and bank presidents. He was also instrumental in developing our geology museum; fittingly, this impressive collection was dedicated as the Lloyd J. Schmaltz Geology Museum in 1988.