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Jack Thomas to Retire As Geoscience Director

John B. "Jack" Thomas announced he is retiring as AAPG geoscience director, intending to "smell some roses" while resuming the consulting practice he had prior to coming to AAPG in April 2002.

Thomas will remain at AAPG through September 1. A search for a successor has begun.

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John B. "Jack" Thomas announced he is retiring as AAPG geoscience director, intending to "smell some roses" while resuming the consulting practice he had prior to coming to AAPG in April 2002.

Thomas will remain at AAPG through September 1. A search for a successor has begun.

AAPG Executive Director Rick Fritz said "Jack has been a real asset to AAPG, and we will miss his boundless energy and enthusiasm for new ideas and programs. Although Jack calls this a 'retirement to Florida,' he assures me that he will continue to help and support AAPG, and looks forward to a continuance of his consulting career."

During Thomas' tenure, AAPG's Training Partners program was launched, under which auspices a month-long training program at headquarters hosted a group of Russian professionals last fall (January EXPLORER); BULLETIN editorial turnaround was reduced by over 12 months; 12 publications were made available; and AAPG's geoscience department, consisting of three subdivisions, was relocated to a one-office location.

Thomas retired from BP Amoco in 1999 after career assignments that included exploration and production, research and technical risk evaluation, manager of coalbed methane exploration and manager of the Integrated Studies Section and supervisor of the Petrophysics Research and Training Group.

He previously was a partner and director with Reservoirs Inc. in Denver, an exploration geologist with Mobil in various locations and also has taught at the College of William and Mary and the University of Oklahoma, where he also earned his doctorate.

He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Miami of Ohio University.

Thomas and his wife Joyce plan a future move to the Fort Myers, Fla., area.

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