Woodrow Thompson is a consultant on the Museum of the White Mountains’ exhibition, Beyond Granite: A History of Mountains, Bedrock, and People.
He was born in Plymouth and grew up in Holderness, NH. “Woody” attended Holderness School and majored in geology at Dartmouth College. He developed an early interest in the White Mountains through his father’s work at the Mt. Washington Cog Railway. Since receiving his doctorate from Ohio State University, he has spent much of his career working for the Maine Geological Survey. He has collaborated on numerous projects with the University of Maine (including a season in Antarctica), worked in western Connecticut for the U. S. Geological Survey, and teaches an occasional geology course in the U. Maine system. In recent years he has been researching the glacial geology of the White Mountains. His hobby interests include the history of tourism, literature, mining, and mineralogy of the region. Woody is a member of numerous geology organizations, as well as the New Hampshire Historical Society and Squam Lakes Association. He teaches geology workshops for the Mt. Washington Observatory and is presently co-authoring a guidebook for the public on the geology of the White Mountains. He and his wife Louise spend as much time as possible at their cottage on Little Squam Lake.