Lawrence W. Funkhouser, retired vice president of exploration and production for Chevron Corp. and a past president of AAPG and the AAPG Foundation, has been named the 2004 recipient of the Sidney Powers Memorial Award, heading the list of those being honored this year by the Association.
AAPG awards, approved by the Executive Committee, are presented annually to recognize individuals for service to the profession, the science, the Association and the public.
As a recipient of the Powers Medal, Funkhouser is bestowed the Association's highest honor.
Funkhouser was a "team leader" in every sense of the word. He was responsible for the initiation of Chevron's Long-Range Exploration Opportunity Program, which later led to such major oil discoveries as the Wyoming Overthrust Belt, Deep Tuscaloosa and Hibernia, to name a few.
Funkhouser encouraged and supported Chevron geologists to continue professional education and be involved in professional societies. He was noted by nominators as a "geologist's geologist."
Funkhouser and his fellow honorees will be recognized at the opening session during the 2004 AAPG Annual Meeting, which will be held April 18-21 in Dallas.
Full biographies and citations of all award winners will be included in a future BULLETIN, and an interview with Funkhouser will be published in a future EXPLORER.
Those award winners approved by the Executive Committee and who will be honored along with Funkhouser in Dallas are:
Honorary Membership Award
Presented to members who have distinguished themselves by their accomplishments and through their service to the profession of petroleum geology and to AAPG. This year's honorees are:
- Martha Lou Broussard, Rice University, Houston.
- Stewart Chuber, Fayette Exploration Co., Schulenburg, Texas.
- Douglas G. Patchen, West Virginia Geological Survey, Morgantown, W.Va.
- Koenraad Weber, retired from Shell, The Hague, Netherlands.
Michel T. Halbouty Human Needs Award
Honors an individual for the outstanding application of geology to the benefit of human needs, recognizing scientific excellence.
- Hugh Davies, University of Papua New Guinea.
Outstanding Explorer Award
Presented to members in recognition of distinguished and outstanding achievement in exploration for petroleum or mineral resources, with an intended emphasis on recent discovery.
- Clayton H. Riddel, Paramount Resources, Calgary, Canada.
Grover E. Murray Memorial Distinguished Educator Award
Presented for distinguished and outstanding contributions to geological education, both at the university level and toward education of the general public. This year's honorees are:
- Knut O. Bjorlykke, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.
- William E. Galloway, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas.
- Andrew D. Miall, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.
- Edward C. Roy Jr., Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas.
Presented to individuals and organizations whose area of work may not qualify for one of the existing awards, but is worthy of Association recognition.
- Dietrich H. Welte, IES Integrated Exploration Systems, Aachen, Germany.
Public Service Award
Presented to recognize contributions of AAPG members to public affairs -- and intended to encourage such activities.
- John C. Dolson, BP Amoco, Houston.
Distinguished Service Award
Presented to those who have distinguished themselves in singular and beneficial long-term service to AAPG. This year's honorees are:
- Royce P. Carr, Royce P. Carr Inc., Mount Pleasant, Texas.
- Pete G. Gray, independent geologist, Lafayette, La.
- Jeanne E. Harris, G&H Production Co., Denver.
- Barry J. Katz, ChevronTexaco, Bellaire, Texas.
- Lowell K. Lischer, consultant, San Antonio, Texas.
- Deborah K. Sacrey, Auburn Energy, Houston.
Wallace E. Pratt Memorial Award
Presented to honor and reward the author(s) of the best AAPG BULLETIN article published each calendar year.
- Donald S. Stone, for "Morphology of the Casper Mountain Uplift and Related, Subsidiary Structures, Central Wyoming: Implications for Laramide Kinematics, Dynamics and Crustal Inheritance," which appeared in the August 2002 BULLETIN.
Robert H. Dott Sr. Memorial Award
Presented to honor and reward the author/editor of the best special publication dealing with geology published by the Association.
- Alan R. Huffman and Glenn L. Bowers, for "Pressure Regimes in Sedimentary Basins and Their Prediction."
J.C. "Cam" Sproule Memorial Award
Presented to honor and reward the best paper published by AAPG or by an affiliated society, division or Section in 2002, by a member 35 years of age or younger.
- Tobias H.D. Payenberg, for "Evidence of First Order Tectonic Control and Point Load Migration in the Upper Cretaceous Milk River -- Basal Belly River Interval in the Alberta Foreland Basin," which appeared in AAPG Methods in Exploration No. 13.
George C. Matson Award
Presented to honor and reward the best oral presentation at the AAPG Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City.
- Frank J. Peel, with BHP Billiton Petroleum, Houston, for "Styles, Mechanisms and Hydrocarbon Implications of Syndepositional Folds in Deepwater Fold Belts; Examples from Angola and the Gulf of Mexico."
Jules Braunstein Memorial Award
Presented to honor and reward the best poster presentation at the AAPG Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City.
- Alan P. Byrnes, Evan K. Franseen, W. Lynn Watney and Martin K. Dubois, all with the petroleum research section of the Kansas Geological Survey, Lawrence, Kan., for the poster "The Role of Moldic Porosity in Paleozoic Kansas Reservoirs and the Association of Original Depositional Facies and Early Diagenesis With Reservoir Properties."
Presented for notable journalistic achievement, in any medium, which contributes to public understanding of geology, energy resources or the technology of oil and gas exploration. This year's honorees are:
- Halfden Carstens, Janobsli, Norway, for his geological magazine "GEO" and his Internet newspaper "GEO Aktuelt."
- Halka Chronic, for her "Roadside Geology" series books.