Alexander Ritchie

Professor Emeritus

Dr. Ritchie grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina there, graduating with a BS in Geology in 1966. He then attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a MA in Geology on the thesis " Geology of part of the Las Tablas Quadrangle, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico.

After serving in the Army, including a tour in Vietnam, he returned to the University of Texas at Austin and was awarded a Ph.D. on his dissertation " Geology of the San Juan Sacatepequez Quadrangle, Guatemala, Central America. He then taught at Furman University for 4 and a half years, The University of South Florida for 3 and a half years, and then at the College of Charleston, where he has remained until his retirement in 2000. He has moved to Hickory, North Carolina. Dr. Ritchie lost his wife of 45 years, Kate, in 2014. He continues to collect minerals, give talks to local organizations, and raise and train German Shepherd Dogs.


University of Texas, Austin
Ph.D. 1975

Research Interests

Structural Geology and Tectonics

Courses Taught

GEOL 101 / 101L - Dynamic Earth
GEOL 215 / 215L
- Structural Geology
GEOL 411
- Tectonics
GEOL 434
- Geology of the Carolinas