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Richard Gentile

Richard Gentile
Professor Emeritus
College of Arts and Sciences

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Dr. Gentile, “The rock and fossil doc” was born, raised and educated in Missouri. He began teaching geology courses at UMKC in 1966, retiring in 1999 but continued to teach until a replacement was hired in 2002. He received the BA and MA degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia and the PhD degree from the University of Missouri-Rolla. All in geology.  His major research interest is the geology and paleontology of Missouri and eastern Kansas. He authored the book, Rocks and fossils of the Central United States with special emphasis on the Greater Kansas City area, and has taught a vertebrate fossil collecting course in the Badlands, South Dakota for 20 seasons. His present project is, The Traveling Geology Exhibit that through wall illustrations and fossil specimens reconstructs the geologic history of the Greater Kansas City area. The exhibit has been displayed in museums throughout the Kansas City area and will be on display at Science City, Union Station from September 2018 until spring 2019.