instructorship there, which he gladly accepted. Still in need of a permanent job in 1935, Konnie traveled down the San Francisco Peninsula to Palo Alto to discuss the possibility of an instructorship in either the Department of Chemistry or the Department of Geology at Stanford University. His meeting with the geology faculty there apparently was far more exciting than that with the chemistry faculty, so he decided to matriculate into the Ph.D. program in geology.
For his doctoral research Konnie worked with Professor Aaron C. Waters on the geology of the Okanagan Valley in northeastern Washington state. Konnie’s thesis, completed in 1938, was entitled “Geology of the Northwest Quarter of the Osoyoos Quadrangle, Washington.” He admitted that continuing to do bench chemistry was far less interesting to him than the fieldwork that geological studies permitted. At the same time, Konnie convinced Professor Robert E. Swain, a well-known chemist who was head of the physical sciences program at Stanford, that he would make a competent instructor of an undergraduate physical science course that combined his expertise in chemistry with his newfound, intense interest in geology. So Konnie served in this capacity while also working toward his doctorate in geology.
During this period, Konnie married Kathryn McCune, better known as Kay. His lifelong companion over 64 years, she spent many summers in the field with Konnie during his early mapping forays, as did their four children. Kay passed away in 2001 after a brief hospitalization. Their children, Karen Hyde, Frances Conley, Karl Krauskopf, and Marion Foerster vividly and fondly remember their school vacations spent in geologically interesting but remote mountainous areas. Not surprisingly—for above all, Konnie was a truly modest man—the children were almost completely unaware of their father’s many intellectual accomplishments until the memorial service at Stanford on June 3, 2003.