The war was over but the official
documents had not been signed. Dr. Jose
Feliciano, professor of Geology at U.P.
had become a friend of Dr. G. Schenck
professor of paleontology at Standford.
Dr. Schenck had another hat, Colonel,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in command
of Engineer Intelligence Division. This
was a headquarters unit which moved to
Manila from Tolosa, Leyte in March and
April, 1945. There were about 20
geologists in the group.
Dr. Feliciano and Dr. Schenck decided to
form the Geological Society of the
Philippines. Dr. Schenck asked Sgt.
Peter Graef, a draftsman in EID to
prepare a scroll for Founders to sign,
suggesting the classic outline of Mt.
Mayon for the bottom of the scroll.
Dr. Feliciano and Dr. H. Otley Beyer
tried to contact Filipino geologist, but
in August 1945 communication were not
restored and some of the geologists
spent the war period far from Manila.
Dr. Schenk was an inveterate organizer
and coerced most of his unit, geologist
or not to attend the founding dinner,
held in Ermita. Signers of the initial
scroll numbered 17 Filipinos and 37
foreigners, mostly Americans. The dinner
was held on September 2, the actual date
of signing the documents ending World
The American military personnel
scattered and gradually dropped out of
the rolls of the Society. The latest
list of members shows only three from
the original group of foreigners Leo W.
Stach, the late Edward Sampson and
Filipino founders have also dwindled.
Elpidio Vera has remained a staunch
supporter of the Society. Fortunato
Mamaclay has also retained his
roll of Charter members was held open
for about a year to permit Filipinos
unable to attend the founding meeting to
join, but I do not have the list of
G.S.P. started to issue The Philippine
Geologist a small professional magazine
in 1947. Its name was changed to journal
of the Society in 1969.