In 1947, delegates to the 14th National Convention of the Society of Sigma Gamma Epsilon established the W.A. Tarr Award in honor of William Arthur Tarr (1881-1939) and the awards were made by active Society chapters in the spring of 1948. William Arthur Tarr was the first editor of The Compass. W.A. Tarr was a professor of Mineralogy and Geology at the University of Missouri from 1911 to 1939, during which he was the faculty advisor to the Epsilon chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon.
Davis, Larry E.; Eves, Robert L.; Even, Paula; and Walters, James C.
"Sigma Gamma Epsilon's W.A. Tarr Award: Honoring the Memory of William Arthur Tarr (1881-1939), Grand Editor of The Compass,"
The Compass: Earth Science Journal of Sigma Gamma Epsilon:
4, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.csbsju.edu/compass/vol86/iss4/4