Thanks to the generosity of the Dugan Family, San Juan College’s School of Energy, located in Farmington, NM, has the privilege of showcasing a museum-quality fossil and mineral collection.
Longtime supporter of San Juan College and former member of the San Juan College Foundation Board, Sherman Dugan, passed away in December 2013. In his memory, the Dugan family donated a large portion of Sherman’s museum-quality fossil and mineral collection to the San Juan College Foundation, now known as the Sherman Dugan Museum of Geology.
When Sherman was a young boy, he and his father, Tom Dugan explored the San Juan and Colorado river basins on geological field trips. These trips sparked Sherman’s interest in “rocks” and later this passion blossomed with a degree in geology from the University of Oklahoma.
“The Dugan collection is a tremendous addition to our entire campus and to our community,” says San Juan College Foundation Executive Director, Gayle Dean. “This gift will share Sherman’s passion for Geology with generations to come.”
A variety of minerals and fossils from around the world, including Mexico, Canada and Africa are part of the collection. The display showcases rare minerals from mines that no longer produce exhibit worthy samples.
The Collection is the most comprehensive collection in the Four Corners area and will provide educational opportunities for the entire community.
“We are proud to house this museum-quality collection at the San Juan College School of Energy,” says Randy Pacheco, dean of the San Juan College School of Energy. “San Juan College and the community are better places to live and learn, thanks to the generosity of Mr. Dugan and his countless contributions.”
Assembling the display also provided an exceptional learning opportunity – a component Sherman would have certainly valued. San Juan College students assisted Dr. John Burris, San Juan College professor of Geology, in cataloging a collection that holds such remarkable status.
“It has been an honor to be involved in the creation of a brand new geology museum,” says Jeff Self, Curator of the exhibit. “Volunteers from the school as well as the local mineral community helped make this project an exciting and exhilarating experience. Tom Dugan’s vision, the Sherman Dugan Museum of Geology, will educate and delight visitors for years to come.”
Longtime family friend John Dean added: “Sherman Dugan was a unique, one-of-a-kind individual, and had an eye for the unusual. This is reflected in the minerals that he collected, resulting in an extraordinary contribution to San Juan College and the community it serves.”