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Roger LeBaron Hooke
1939–2021

Roger LeBaron Hooke

We are very saddened to inform you that Roger LeBaron Hooke died yesterday, 10th of March. This was very sudden and resulted from a fall he took while ice skating a few days back. Roger was a long standing member of the IGS and served on its Council and various committees for the Society. He served as a Scientific Editor for the Journal of Glaciology for several years and as an Annals of Glaciology Chief Editor.

He grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, on the strike slope of a Triassic basalt sill, and spent many hours exploring the forested dip slope of the sill. That wetted his appetite for nature. At Harvard (B.A. 1961. Mentor: John P. Miller) he discovered the science of geology. At Caltech (PhD 1965. Advisor: Bob Sharp) he found stimulation in research and discovery. His thesis was on alluvial fans, and he pursued that interest for a few years, looking at the connection between neotectonics and depositional patterns on fans and playas in the Death Valley area of California. During this time he was also involved in research on the mechanics of flow in meander bends. Glaciology became his principal focus in the 1970s, as he sought to understand the genesis of glacial landforms. He spent 15 years working on Barnes Ice Cap, Baffin Island, focusing on the mechanics of moraine formation at the margins of polar ice sheets and on the temperature distribution and mechanics of deformation in such ice sheets. In the early 1980s he began working on Storglaciären in northern Sweden, studying processes at the glacier-bed interface. He became the director of Tarfala Research Station, Mt. Kebenkaise, Sweden while still holding a faculty position at University of Minnesota.

A full obituary will appear on the IGS website and in our newsletter ICE in due course.