Charles Douglas "Doug" Woodhouse was born in Burlington, Vermont on May 1, 1888, the son of Mary and Lorenzo Easton Woodhouse, a wealthy banker for the Investment Security Co. (as was his grandfather, Charles W. Woodhouse).
He graduated from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts in 1910 with a B.A. Degree, and received an L.L.B. Degree from Columbia Law School in 1915. During World War I he served with the U.S. Army Signal Corps, and resumed his education thereafter, earning his M.A. Degree in Jurisprudence from the University of California Berkeley in 1925. By that time, however, his interest had shifted to mineralogy, geology and mining to such a degree that he was no longer interested in pursuing a law career. He enrolled at the University of Paris where he studied mineralogy from 1925 to 1926, and also met and married his lifelong companion, Muriel Jeffrey.
After returning to California, Woodhouse served for ten years as mine manager of the Champion sillimanite and andalusite mine in the White Mountains of Mono County, California, while developing good relationships with the geology departments at the University of California Berkeley and Stanford University. He also visited nearly every operating mine in the western United States, amassing a large collection of minerals and ores. In 1937 the new mineral species woodhouseite (from the Champion mine) was named after Woodhouse, who was by then "well-known as an enthusiastic and able mineral collector," and who made specimens from his collection available for study.
Woodhouse began teaching mineralogy and geology on an informal basis (without salary) at Santa Barbara State College in 1938, and formally joined the faculty there a year later. From 1942 to 1952 he also served in various additional capacities, such as Assistant Dean, Dean of Men, and Coordinator of Veterans' Affairs for the Santa Barbara campus. Even with these duties, he still taught taught a full schedule of geology and mineralogy courses. During World War II he also taught meterology at the U.S. Marine base in Santa Barbara, and was on the Advisory Board for the Santa Barbara Red Cross. He was a longtime supporter of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and served as a Trustee for decades.
Woodhouse retired in 1955, but even into his 80's he visited the Geology Dapartment regularly, bringing in new mineral specimens and stories of mines and miners. He endowed a fund in 1958, the income from which constitutes an award given each year to the graduating senior of highest excellence. He also donated his entire mineral collection of more than 10,000 specimens to the Department of Geological Sciences, to be used for teaching purposes. He died August 5, 1975.
WISE, W.S., W. WEBB, R.W. and MILLER, G. (1977) Charles Douglas Woodhouse, Geological Sciences: Santa Barbara. Calisphere.
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