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photo of Darrel CowanDarrell Cowan, GSA Foundation Trustee and Emeritus Professor at the University of Washington, shares how his gratitude for GSA’s support throughout his career drives his current service to the Foundation.


What inspires you to give so freely of your time serving as a GSAF Trustee? 

As a trustee, I’ve learned how donations of all kinds are essential to the health and future of GSA. I freely give my time, as I just did in April as the technical leader of the Death Valley Rendezvous, to thank donors and friends for their support.

What motivates you to give to GSA? 

GSA has always been my home society, even as an undergraduate. GSA research grants supported the fieldwork for my Ph.D. research. I published my first paper in the GSA Bulletin, and while a graduate student, I presented my first talks at meetings of the Cordilleran Section. I give to GSA to thank the Society for how its financial support, meetings, and publications have benefited my career, and also to ensure that other members of our community, especially students, will succeed in theirs.


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