O'Nesky, Weimers Honored With Grants

Two More New Named Grants

Two more new Named Grants have been announced by the AAPG Foundation, both started in honor of people who have provided long and valuable service to the Association.

Those being honored with Named Grants are Don O'Nesky, who for 24 years served at the helm of the financial and administrative interests of AAPG in a variety of capacities, and the Bob and Ruth Weimer family.

O'Nesky's Named Grant was announced by AAPG Foundation Chairman Jack Threet in late June at O'Nesky's retirement party.

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Two more new Named Grants have been announced by the AAPG Foundation, both started in honor of people who have provided long and valuable service to the Association.

Those being honored with Named Grants are Don O'Nesky, who for 24 years served at the helm of the financial and administrative interests of AAPG in a variety of capacities, and the Bob and Ruth Weimer family.

O'Nesky's Named Grant was announced by AAPG Foundation Chairman Jack Threet in late June at O'Nesky's retirement party.

The new grant will provide at least $500 annually to a geoscience graduate student.

O'Nesky retired as deputy executive director of AAPG and the AAPG Foundation. He had joined AAPG in 1978 as business director after a career in the U.S. Air Force, where he served in numerous overseas administrative assignments and retired from active service as a lieutenant colonel.

He was named deputy executive director of both AAPG and the AAPG Foundation in 1986. O'Nesky also has served as special projects director.

He was named executive director of the AAPG Foundation in 1997 and served in that capacity until Rick Fritz was hired as executive director of both AAPG and the Foundation in 1999.

During his tenure as overseer of the association's budgetary functions, O'Nesky played a major role in the growth of AAPG from its annual income of $2.5 million in 1978 to over $11 million today, with member services increasing many-fold — all while holding expenses to a minimum.


The Weimer Family Named Grant will be given annually to support a graduate student's thesis research, with first preference given to geology students enrolled at the University of Wyoming.

Bob Weimer, a Sidney Powers Medalist and past president of AAPG, is professor emeritus at the Colorado School of Mines, where he had a long teaching career.

He and his wife had four sons: Paul, who holds the Bruce D. Benson Endowed Chair in Petroleum Geology at the University of Colorado and is the current AAPG treasurer; Tom, who is deputy assistant for water and science for the U.S. Geological Survey and the Bureau of Reclamation; and Carl, with Ball Aerospace, Boulder, Colo. A fourth son, Loren, is deceased.

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