John Crowdell is an assistant principal at Curtis High School and also the director of their International Baccalaureate program.
He is the author of ‘Bitzaro to Buckingham’, launched last month in Solihull with the purpose of encouraging others and giving them power.
Early Life and Education
He was raised in a comfortable Roanoke, Virginia home with his siblings Peter and Robert. Through it all he displayed great perseverance as well as an affinity for tinkering.
Crowell graduated from high school in 2001 and was eager to embark on his next endeavor: college. As a first-generation college student, he felt it was time for him to experience the advantages of higher education firsthand.
He was drawn to the University of Kentucky because its GWS courses offered him the chance to participate in class discussions and share his own experiences with others. Additionally, he enjoyed A&S classes, particularly those in English. Furthermore, he wrote for the UK student newspaper and served as deejay for campus radio station WRFL.
John Crowell was an esteemed geologist renowned for his contributions to paleoclimatology and the study of tectonic and sedimentation history. His numerous papers on submarine canyons and turbidity currents, along with his studies of continental glaciations in California and the Alps, laid the groundwork for contemporary paleoclimatology research.
He was a renowned university professor for over two decades, serving as an inspirational mentor to promising graduate students who went on to achieve great success in geological careers.
In addition to his research into tectonic and sedimentation processes in California and the Alps, Crowell also authored many influential books. His impressive bibliography earned him numerous honors such as election to the National Academy of Sciences and the Penrose Medal.
Achievements and Honors
Crowell had an illustrious career as a university professor. His research on ancient continental glaciations and tectonic sedimentation earned him the Penrose Medal from the Geological Society of America.
He had the power of attraction, drawing in talented graduate students who went on to great geological careers. As an inspiring educator, his field studies were always engaging and informative.
He was an outstanding community volunteer who dedicated himself to improving the Santa Ynez Valley region, leading two YMCA capital campaigns, serving on multiple SG Foundation boards and attending local events as a Valley Community Mentor.
Crowell lived a life filled with adventure and discovery. A renowned university professor and geologist, Crowell spent most of his professional career on the faculty of the University of California – first at UCLA then later UC Santa Barbara.
His personal life was filled with family and friends. He enjoyed spending time with his relatives, from Kansas’ Crowells to those in South Shields, England.
John was an active Scout with the Boy Scouts of America in Montclair and Glen Ridge, serving as senior patrol leader and assistant scoutmaster. He graduated from Glen Ridge High School and Montclair State College, earning a PhD in statistics from UNC-Chapel Hill. Later, John worked in banking. Additionally, John was involved with his community as founding director of Crowell Library and honorary member of Glen Ridge Country Club.
Dr. Crowell is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of California San Diego, as well as the director of several private companies in precision manufacturing, aerospace technology, and engineered solutions.
Online sources estimate his net worth to be approximately $3 million. His annual salary ranges between $125,000-149K.
He is the president and founder of Aurora Capital Group, as well as serving on the boards of Vance Street Capital LLC and Drexel Burnham Lambert. With more than 25 years in this business, his expertise is unmatched.