President ad interim Peter T. Flawn addresses the Advisory Council at its spring meeting
Honorary Life Member Bill Gipson visits with Advisory Council member Scotty Holland and Decker Dawson at the spring meeting
Honorary Life Member of the Council and President Emeritus, Peter T. Flawn, assumed the Presidency of UT Austin on an interim basis on July 1, 1997, and served until April 13, 1998, when Larry Faulkner was installed as the new President. Pete Flawn has been with The University of Texas at Austin since 1949 and served as a widely regarded and successful President of The University from 1979 to 1985. After his second tour in the tower, he is now back to his office in the Geology Building.
At the Salt Lake City, Utah, meeting of American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Advisory Council member, Robbie Gries, was elected Honorary Member of the Association for her achieve ments in geology and her contributions to the profession. Honorary Membership is AAPG's second highest honor. In May, Dr. Thomas D. Barrow, Honorary Life Member of the Foundation, gave the commence ment address to the College of Natural Sciences 1998 graduating class.
New Endowments Established
The children of Virgil and Mildred
Barnes, along with friends, have established the Virgil E. and Mildred L. Barnes Distinguished Lecture Series in Geology, to honor Dr. and Mrs. Barnes. Virgil was a long time member of the Bureau of Economic Geology and Professor Emeritus of the Department of Geological Sciences. His wife, Milk, was a frequent collaborator with Virgil, especially on tektites. Earnings from the endowment are dedicated to the Departments Distinguished Lecturers in the many areas of geology to which Virgil contributed.
Mr. James C. Patterson has established the James C. Patterson Fund for Excellence in the Geophysical Sciences. Jim spent much of his career with Conoco and has been a member of the Geology Foundation Advisory Council since 1989.
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Vargas have cre ated the Glenn and Martha Vargas Fund for Gem and Mineral Curation. Since 1975, Glenn and Martha, who serve as lecturers