William J. “Bill” Barrett
Two influential, award-winning geologists who also have been longtime supporters of the AAPG Foundation have been named recipients of the Foundation’s top awards for 2011.
- William J. “Bill” Barrett is this year’s recipient of the L. Austin Weeks Memorial Medal, given in recognition of extraordinary philanthropy and service directed to advance the mission of the AAPG Foundation.
- Herbert G. Davis has been named the winner of the Chairman’s Award, given to recognize those who have made extraordinary contributions – monetary or service – to the Foundation.
Barrett, who last year was named an AAPG Foundation Corporation Member, is a past Foundation Trustee and has been Trustee Associate since 2002. Currently retired as CEO and chairman of Denver-based Bill Barrett Corp., Barrett is considered one of the profession’s top explorationists – he received the AAPG Norman H. Foster Outstanding Explorer Award in 2003, and in 2009 was named one of AAPG’s “100 Who Made A Difference.”
He has funded the William J. Barrett Family Named Grant, awarded annually to a deserving student at Kansas State University through the Foundation’s Grants-in-Aid Program.
Davis, an AAPG Honorary Member and a past chairman of the AAPG House of Delegates, was a charter member of the Foundation Trustee Associates. He served as the group’s chairman; was a Member of the Corporation; Trustee Associate chairman; and a Trustee Emeritus. He received the AAPG Distinguished Service Award in 1982.
Davis and his wife, Shirley, established a Grants-in-Aid Named Grant with the AAPG Foundation in 2006 for geology students at Oklahoma State University.
Barrett will receive his award at the upcoming AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Long Beach, Calif.; Davis will receive his award at this year’s Trustee Associate meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz.