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Shorty Withers
(1909-1981)

Carroll Everett "Shorty" Withers was born in Maple Grove, Idaho on June 30, 1909, the son of Hattie Viola Davis and William Arthur Withers, a carpenter and timberman in mines. The family lived in Maple Grove, Idaho in 1910; in Gibson, New Mexico in 1920-1930; and in Lakewood, Colorado in 1935. Carroll served in the Navy in 1945, aboard the U.S.S. Bolivar.

Micromounters Hall of Fame notes:

Carroll E. "Shorty" Withers was educated in New Mexico, graduating from college in Las Cruces. His early interest in nature led to collecting minerals but he choose engineering for a career, obtaining his Masters Degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Settling in the Denver area after war service with the Navy Seabees, he worked for the US Bureau of Reclamation. Developing a keen interest in mineralogy and mineral localities during his work on the Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona, he began collecting and studying minerals at every opportunity throughout the west.

Shorty became a noted photographer, and he taught and lectured throughout the Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical Societies, the A.F.M.S., mineral shows and mineral clubs. His photomicrography led to the preparation of many slide programs used in his lectures and teaching. Shorty regularly gave micromounting sessions in his home. For the last decade of his life he was Honorary Curator of Micromounts under Curator Jack Murphy in the Denver Museum of Natural History. He gave his micromount collection (769 mounts) to the museum, subsequently building its usefulness as a research source, reference collection and educational resource. He often attended micromount symposia including those in Baltimore and Southern California. A member of the Colorado Mineral Society, he was also a member of numerous Colorado and New Mexico mineral clubs. Short of stature but long on personality, he was a very knowledgeable mineralogist and micromounter with a history of sharing.

Shorty was a charter subscriber to the Mineralogical Record in 1970, and was inducted into the Micromounters Hall of Fame in 1981. He died July 20, 1981, and is buried in Fort Logan National Cemetery, Colorado. The C. E. Shorty Withers Trophy was instituted to "honor the memory of a man who was committed to the improvement of displays in the Denver Show, awarded to the best single case exhibited by a private individual(s) at the Denver Show."
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