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Title
Newsletter (University of Texas at Austin. Department of Geological Sciences) ; no. 6, 1957
Publisher
University of Texas at Austin. Department of Geological Sciences
Series
Newsletter (University of Texas at Austin. Department of Geological Sciences) Volume no. 6, 1957
Date
1957

NO.6

AUSTIN,TEXAS

JULY,1957

HALP.BYBEE

AGreatManIsGone

HalP.BybeediedathishomeinAustin,March30,1957.Twodayslaterhewastohavereceivedoneofthehighestgeologyawardsinthenation,HonoraryMembershipintheAmericanAssociationofPetroleumGeologists.TwodaysearlierEdOwenhadpaidtributetohimwithuncannyappropriatenessbylecturinginformallytothegeologyseminaronDocBybeeandhumanrelations.AmongtheunbeatableBybeequalitiessingledoutbyOwenwerehisrarecombinationofpersonalintegrityandcommonsense,hispracticalapproachtogettingthejobdone,andhisloyalty,sympathy,andkindnessindealingwithothers.

TwoofDr.Bybee'sservicestoTheUniversityofTexashavehadimmeasurablevalue.Thefirstofthesewashisteaching,especiallyduringtheyears1914-1925,whichwereformativeyearsforpetroleumgeologyinTexas.ThesecondwashisworkwithUniversityLandsbeginningin1929.HeguidedtheorderlyandsuccessfuldevelopmentofthenaturalresourcesofseveralmillionacresofWestTexaslandwhichtheStateearlierhadgrantedtotheUniversity.Theseresourceshavefurnishedapermanentfundwhichnowamountstoaquarterofabilliondollarsandisthechiefendowment

notonlyofthemainUniversitybutofA.&M.,TexasWestern,andtheMedicalSchoolsaswell.MillionsofdollarsinthefundarethedirectproductofDr.Bybee'sjudgmentandofthetrustwhichthewholepetroleumindustrybestoweduponhim.

ButBybee'sinfluenceasateacherovershadowshisworkwithUniversityLands.Heimpartedtohisstudentsthehighstandardsofethics,commonsense,directnessofaction,andhumankindnesswhichguidedtheircareersduringtheturbulentearlyyearsofthepetroleumindustry.Manyofhisstudentshaveattainedthehighestpositionsofresponsibilityinoilcompaniesandotherorganizations.Theyshareacommonstampofusefulness,integrity,andabilitywhichreflectstheirassociationwithDoc.

HalbertPleasantBybeewasborninRochester,Indiana,in1888.HeservedasprincipalofthehighschoolinRichlandCenter,Indiana,1907-1909,andhewasanInstructorinScienceatClintonCollegeinClinton,Kentucky,1910-1911.In1912hereceivedtheA.B.degreeatIndianaUniversityandin1914theM.A.degreeatthesameuniversity.In1914hetaughtgeologybothatWashingtonUniversityinSt.LouisandatTheUniversityofTexas,wherehecontinuedtoteachuntil1925.HisPh.D.degreewasawardedbyIndianaUniversityin1915.From1925to1929BybeeworkedasageologistfortheDixieOilCo.inSanAngelo,andin1929herejoinedthestaffoftheUniversityasGeologistinChargeofUniversityLands,workingmainlyinWestTexasuntil1936whenhereturnedtoAustinasProfessorofGeologyaswellasGeologistinChargeofUniversityLands.HeservedasChairmanoftheDepartmentofGeologyfrom1937to1941.InadditiontoUniversitydutieshewasinchargeofCompanyDoftheTexasDefenseGuardatCampMabryduringWorldWar11,wherehetaughtmapreading,useofaerialphotographs,andmethodsoftravelbynightwithoutlight.In1952hewashonoredattheUniversity'sGeologyHome-ComingDaywithacitationfor"DistinguishedServicetotheOilIndustryandtheStateofTexas"andlifemembershipintheAmericanAssociationofPetroleumGeologists.

Dr.Bybeewasactiveinmanynon-geologicorganizations,includingKiwanis,UniversityClub,BoyScouts,andtheBaptistChurch.Hebelongedtomanyscientificsocietiesandhepublishedmorethanadozenscientificstudies.Twoofhissons,HalandBob,andhisdaughter,MarthaEllen,havefollowedcareersinpetroleumgeology,andhisthirdson,Wilbur,managesthefamilyquarryingbusinessinIndiana.WhenDr.Bybeebecameseriouslyillseveralyearsagohiswife,Ruth,gaveuphercommunityactivitiestohelphimcontinuehisworkfortheUniversity,anditwaswithhercareandassistancethatheremainedactiveuntilafewmonthsago.