(1929- ; president 1986-90)
Portrait painted in 1990 by artist Istvan Nyikos
Born in Ohio in 1929, Dr. Eaton received his B.A. in geology and mathematics from Wesleyan University, M.S. in geology, and Ph.D. in geology and geophysics from the California Institute of Technology. He served on the faculties of Wesleyan University (1955-59) and the University of California at Riverside (1959-67). While on academic leave from UC-Riverside, he served as project chief for the U.S. Geological Survey in Denver, CO from 1963-65. Upon his return, Dr. Eaton served as chair of the Department of Geoscience (1965-67). After leaving UC-Riverside, Dr. Eaton worked for the U.S. Geological Survey in several administrative and scientific positions. He returned to higher education in 1981 as dean of the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M. In 1983, Dr. Eaton assumed the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas A&M, a position he held until his appointment as president of Iowa State University in 1986. In 1990 Dr. Eaton resigned to become director of the Columbia University's Lamont -Doherty Geological Observatory.