Robert M. Sneider, of Robert M.
Sneider Exploration of Houston, heads the list of those who have
been named to receive the Association's highest honors and awards
AAPG awards, approved by the Executive Committee,
are presented annually to recognize individuals for service
to the profession, the science, the Association and the
Sneider heads the list of honorees as the
2001 recipient of the Sidney Powers Memorial Award, AAPG's
In announcing the award, the AAPG Executive
Committee described Sneider's long career of exploration
successes, teaching and dedicated to service to AAPG as
an embodiment of what the Powers Award represents.
Sneider, formerly of Shell Oil and Sneider
and Meckel Associates, is also widely recognized for his
teaching of his own 20 different courses, which he has presented
over the world.
He is one of 25 people approved by the Executive
Committee to be honored during the opening session at the
AAPG annual meeting, which will be held June 3-6 in Denver.
Also honored will be seven people cited for
excellence in scientific presentations or publications,
plus a publishing company for its efforts in communicating
geology to the public.
International achievement and commendation
awardees will be announced at a later date.
Full biographies and citations of all award
winners will be included in a future BULLETIN, and an interview
with Sneider will be published in a future EXPLORER.
Those to be honored along with Sneider in
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.
- Brenda Kay Cunningham, staff geologist, Arco
Permian, Midland, Texas.
- E.E. "Ned" Gilbert, Gilbert Management, Calgary,
- William B. Heroy Jr., retired, Durham, N.C.
- Fred Meissner, professor, Colorado School of
Mines, Littleton, Colo.
- Stanley Pittman, the Pittman Company, Dallas;
also founder of Petroleum Logistics Corp.
- David G. Roberts, BP Exploration, Sunbury-on
Thames, Surrey, England.
- Carl J. Smith, head of coal section, West Virginia
Geological Survey, Morgantown, W.Va.
Michel T. Halbouty Human Needs Award
Honors an individual for the outstanding
application of geology to the benefit of human needs, recognizing
- Robert C. Milici, geologist, U.S. Geological
Survey, Charlottesville, Va.
Milici is being honored for his recent work in training
geologists in India and Bangladesh, efforts that have
led to increases in Indian's coal reserves and Bangladesh's
ability to export gas, helping that country's economy
as well as helping to meet India's energy needs.
Distinguished Educator Award
Presented for distinguished and outstanding
contributions to geological education, both at the university
level and toward education of the general public.
- John W. Harbaugh, advisor, Stanford University,
department of geological sciences, Stanford, Calif.
- Clyde H. Moore Jr., professor, Colorado School
of Mines, Lakewood, Colo.
- Charles R. Stelck, consulting geologist, Calgary,
Presented to individuals and organizations
whose area of work may not qualify for one of the existing
awards, but is worthy of association recognition. This year
the award goes to two people involved in innovative geoscience
- J.C. "Jay" Gallagher, Houston, honored for his
efforts in development of the International Pavilion at
AAPG meetings, as well as providing leadership for other
AAPG international activities.
- Kenneth D. Owen, consultant, Houston, and David
Rice, consultant, Houston, for their efforts in restoring
the 19th century New Harmony scientific community in Indiana.
- Richard Warren, senior staff geologist, Amerada
Hess, London. Despite suffering from a degenerative disease,
neurofibromatosis, since the age of 15, Warren has had
a productive career as a geologist as well as being a
leader in creating and leading programs to train other
disabled people for work opportunities.
Public Service Award
Presented to recognize contributions of AAPG
members to public affairs - and intended to encourage such
- Patty E. Holyfield, consultant and acting co-director,
Ellison Miles Geotechnical Institute, Southlake, Texas,
honored for the development and teaching of the "Rocks
in Your Head" workshops to more than 1,300 geoscience
teachers - which has impacted about 60,000 students per
- H. Leighton Steward, chairman of the board,
LL&E, New Orleans, honored for his efforts as an environmental
- John S. Wold, founder of Wold Oil and Gas, Casper,
Wyo., honored for his service as the first professional
geologist ever to serve in the U.S. Congress as a Wyoming
representative, and for his efforts in Wyoming state government,
recreation and conservation.
Distinguished Service Award
Presented to those who have distinguished
themselves in singular and beneficial long-term service
- Elizabeth B. Campen, Campen Consultants, Billings,
- Robert L. Countryman, consultant, Bakersfield,
- Ben D. Hare, Vastar Resources, Houston.
- Jean R. Lemmon, consultant, Tulsa.
- Tom Mairs, consulting geologist, Dallas.
- Wolfgang E. Schollnberger, technology vice president,
BP Amoco, London, England.
Presented in recognition of notable journalistic
achievement, in any medium, that contributes to public understanding
of geology, energy resources or the technology of oil and
- This year's award goes to the Mountain Press Publishing
Co., located in Missoula, Mont., in recognition of
its role in production of the popular Roadside Geology
J.C. "Cam" Sproule Memorial Award
(For best paper published by AAPG or by an
affiliated society, division or Section in 1999, by a member
35 years of age or younger.)
- A.D. "Tony" Reynolds, BP Amoco, Houston, for
"Dimensions of Paralic Sandstone Bodies," AAPG BULLETIN,
Vol. 83, No. 2, February 1999, p. 211-229.
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.
- Richard Schatzinger and John F. Jordan,
editors of Memoir 71, Reservoir Characterization - Recent
Wallace E. Pratt Memorial Award
Presented to honor and reward the author(s)
of the best AAPG BULLETIN article published each calendar
- Robert G. Loucks, Bureau of Economic Geology,
Austin, Texas, for "Paleocave Carbonate Reservoirs: Origins,
Burial - Depth Modifications, Spatial Complexity, and
Reservoir Implications," AAPG BULLETIN, Vol. 83, No. 11,
November 1999, p. 1,795-1,834.
George C. Matson Memorial Award
Presented to honor and reward the best oral
presentation at the AAPG annual meeting in New Orleans.
- Wafik Beydoun, with Elf Exploration Angola, Rossy
Cedex, France, for the paper "Exploration Challenges Into
Angolan Deep Water to Ultra Deep Waters."
The co-authors are Jean-Jacques Biteau and Phillippe Legrand,
also with Elf Exploration Angola, Rossy Cedex.
Jules Braunstein Memorial Award
Presented to honor and reward the best poster
presentation at the AAPG annual meeting in New Orleans.
- Joseph R. Straccia and Brad E. Prather,
both with Shell International Petroleum, Rijswijk, Netherlands,
for "Stratigraphic Traps in Deepwater Turbidite Reservoirs
at the Base of Depositional Slope."