Gerhard Untermann

Untermann Jr. was the first Director of the Vernal Field House of Natural History


G.E. Untermann Jr. was the first Director of the Vernal Field House of Natural History. Born in Berlin, Germany in 1898, his father, a consulting geologist, moved his family to the Uintah Basin in 1919. Untermann would meet his wife Billie Ruple, and they would marry in 1925. They both received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology and paleontology from the University of California at Berkeley. Together Billie and G.E. Untermann published papers and  books regarding the geology of Dinosaur National Monument. Untermann was vital in promoting tourism related to natural history in the Uintah Basin. Untermann was inducted as an honorary member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Underman passed away in Vernal in 1975 (Utah Field House of Natural History, 1976).

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