August F. Foerste

1862 – 1936

Dr. August F. Foerste was an internationally respected geologist and paleontologist. He was a pioneer in mapping the geology of the Miami Valley. He was a highly productive scientist who published over  5,500 pages on geology and produced over 650 photographic plates of  fossil material. His 1915 work entitled, “Geology of Dayton and Vicinity” is  considered a classic in the field. Foerste, with his understanding of the  area’s geology, was directly involved with the Miami Conservancy  District, advising the group on such crucial issues as the location of dams.  In addition to his career as an active scientist, he taught physics and science  at Steele High School for 38 years, inspiring many to careers in the  sciences. In 1926, he was presented with a lifetime membership to the  Engineers Club of Dayton.