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Title
Newsletter (University of Texas at Austin. Department of Geological Sciences) ; no. 8, 1959
Publisher
University of Texas at Austin. Department of Geological Sciences
Series
Newsletter (University of Texas at Austin. Department of Geological Sciences) Volume no. 8, 1959
Date
1959

DepartmentofGeologyNewsletterNo.8,July1959

AUSTIN,TEXAS

Editors:SamuelP.Ellison,Jr.andStephenE.Clabalgh

EdOwen—ProfessorWithoutPay

EdgarW.Owen

Themanwhohasdonemorethananyothertoinspiretrueexcellenceing3ologicaleducationatTheUniversityofTexasduringthelastsevenyearsisneitheranemployeenoranexstudentoftheuniversity.Heisamanwithamission,arare,devotedvisionarywiththepracticalknow-howandpersonalfortitudetomakehisdreamscometrue.ForsevenyearsEdOwenhasdriventoAustinfromhishomeinSanAntonioonetothreetimeseveryweektolectureinregularclasses,tobringguestspeakersfromindustryandothercolleges,andabovealltocounselstudentsandconferwithstaff.

EdgarW.OwenwasborninHuntsville,Arkansasin1896.

HegraduatedwithaBSdegreeinGeologyfromDenisonUniversityin1915andcompletedhisMAdegreeinGeologyattheUniversityofMissouriin1916.In1916and1917heworkedfortheEmpireGasandFuelCompanyasgeologistinchargeoftheOsagedistrict,Oklahoma,andduringthefollowingyearworkedforTheGreenwoodCompanyinOklahoma,Kansas,andTexas.HeservedintheArmyin1918thenreturnedbrieflytoDenisonUniversityin1919.From1919until1927,hewasgeologistforJohnC.Keys,andin1927,hebecamegeologistinchargeoftheL.H.WentzOilDivisionwithheadquartersinSanAntonio.

In1942EdOwenreenteredmilitaryserviceasaCaptainintheAirCorps.HeservedintheSouthwestPacificTheater,contributingnotablytoairphotointerpretationforMac-Arthur'sforcesinAustralia.Hewonfourcampaignribbons,fivebattlestars,adistinguishedunitcitation,andtheLegionofMeritmedal,andherosetotherankofLieutenantColonel.In1946hereturnedtotheL.H.WentzOilDivisioninSanAntonioandcontinuedservicethereuntiltheWentzestatewasliquidatedin1956.Sincethattime,hehasbeengeologicaladvisortoSouthernMineralsCorporation.

EdOwenhasbeenconsistentlyactiveintheaffairsofprofessionalandscientificgeologicalsocieties.HewasSecretary-TreasureroftheSouthTexasGeologicalSociety,1930-32,andPresident,1932-33.LaterheservedalsoasSecretary-TreasureroftheAmericanAssociationofPetroleumGeologists,1939-41,and1941-42hewasPresidentoftheassociation,oneofthehighestpostsintheprofession.HehasservedaschairmanofmanycommitteesoftheAmericanAssociationofPetroleumGeologists,includingtheBusinessCommittee,CommitteeonGeologicNamesandCorrelations,MedalAwardCommittee,NominatingCommittee,MembershipAdvisoryCommittee,andspecialdisclipinarycommittees.HealsoorganizedasymposiumontheHistoryofAmericanGeologyforthe1959annualmeetingoftheAmericanAssociationfortheAdvancementofScienceheldinWashingtonlastDecemberandconcludedthesessionswithareviewofthehistoryofAmericanpetroleumgeology.InhishomeinSanAntonio,Edhasgatheredasuperbpersonallibraryofearlygeologicalpub7icationsandmanuscripts.

TheSpecialGraduateSeminarinGeology(nowtermedTechnicalSessions)atTheUniversityofTexashasbeenthecenterofEdOwen'sactivitiesintheDepartmentofGeology.