Judy Russell

Childhood ambitions:
To be an astronaut or research chemist
My Career
BS, Geology, Phillips Univ.; MS, Geology, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Companies and Institutions I’ve worked for:
New Mexico Bureau of Mines, Oklahoma Geological Survey, Mobil Oil (MEPSI), Occidental Oil & Gas
Basins I have worked:
Just about every major basin. I’m currently working Permian but Latin America was a major area of work.
Years in the petroleum business:
My Pathway
First Well/Research Program:
Mobil’s Indonesia replacement well in Arun field (first woman to stay at bachelor camp in the field, 1979).
My Geo-Specialties:
Exploration, Geochemistry, Production (done them all!)
My fondest career memory or proudest moment:
Working in Colombia and present when the first barrel of oil was produced. Later was in Bogota and present for the billionth barrel.
My lifetime career goal:
To stay employed and retire ;)
My Inspiration
My inspiration and motivation come from:
My parents who encouraged us to attend college and follow our dreams.
My most memorable idols/mentors:
Too many to name. I think fondly on Betty Elliott at Mobil who recruited me from the Oklahoma Survey and got me on the way in the oil business.
My Impact
AAPG member since:
AAPG committees:
Pac Section Newsletter Editor
Society Affiliations:
My Best Advice
Treat everyone with respect and work well with all co-workers. They may become your boss one day and they will remember you.

Bachelor’s from Phillips University and Master’s from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Currently employed with Occidental Oil & Gas

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