The Grover E. Murray Memorial Distinguished Educator Award is given in recognition of distinguished and outstanding contributions to geological education. Only one award is to be given per year unless funding is approved by the Executive Committee when the award slate is approved. Contributions leading to consideration for this award will most often involve the teaching and counseling of students at the university level, and contributions to the education of the public, and management of educational programs may also be recognized.



Donald R. Lowe Gregor Paul Eberli Charles Kerans Joseph Albert Cartwright


Carlton E. Brett John R. Underhill


Howard David Johnson, PhD Andrew Hurst, PhD


Lawrence Daniel Meckel Ronald J. Steel


Murray Gingras Eric Allan Erslev Wayne Merrill Ahr, PhD


Finn Surlyk J. Frederick Read


S. George Pemberton Robert Stephen Gray


Janok P. Bhattacharya A. Eugene Fritsche Stephan Alan Graham, PhD


G. Randy Keller Brian Edward Lock Roger M. Slatt, PhD John Edward Warme, PhD


Paul Weimer Fred Franke Meissner Aureal T. Cross


Edward Carl Roy, Jr. William Edmond Galloway Knut O. Bjorlykke Andrew D. Miall


Frank Gulde Ethridge Albert V. Carozzi


Zuhair Al-Shaieb William R. Muehlberger Paul Edwin Potter


Clyde Herbert Moore, Jr. Charles R. Stelk John W. Harbaugh


Robert Raymond Berg, PhD John D. Haun Ernest A. Mancini


Roger Geoffrey Walker, PhD Peter Robbins Vail, PhD D. L. Blackstone, Jr.


Stephen Gerrard Middleton Lloyd Charles Pray


George B. Asquith Harold Garnar Reading Robert L. Folk


L. L. Sloss Robert J. Weimer Gerald Manfred Friedman, PhD


James Lee Wilson


The recipient need not be a Member of the Association, and consideration is to be made without regard for national origin. The recipient must be living at the time of selection and be willing to be present to receive the award at the time and place designated by the Executive Committee. If death of the recipient occurs after

selection, the medal will be awarded posthumously. The award is made at such times as the Executive Committee may designate, at the recommendation of the Advisory Council, but not more than once in any calendar year unless funding is also approved by the Executive Committee when it approves the award slate.

Guidelines for Consideration of Candidates

Consideration should emphasize contributions to the teaching of students, guidance of student research, research and scientific publications, university and community activities, and involvement in the activities of scientific/professional organizations.

Procedure for Recommendation

Nominations for this award should be submitted, along with documentation, to the Chairman of the Honors and Awards Committee at Association Headquarters. All nominations become part of a permanent file for future consideration and need not be resubmitted, but additional information may be submitted at any time. The Committee’s recommendations will be submitted to the Advisory Council, which in turn will submit its selection to the Executive Committee for final action.

Description of Award

This award consists of an oak double shadow box. The right panel displays a sterling silver medallion specifically designed for this award. The double-faced medallion is removable and bears the name of the recipient and date of the award. The left panel displays an AAPG medallion and a plate containing the citation.


This award was first proposed by Dr. Grover E. Murray in a letter to then President Harrison L. Townes, dated May 19, 1993. In the letter, Dr. and Mrs. Murray agreed to provide funding to support the award, if approved. Approval was given by the Executive Committee on June 30, 1993.

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