memorial grants-in-aid for the AAPG Foundation have been established
in the names of two giants of the profession, the science and the
are the J. Ben Carsey Sr. Memorial Grant and the Wallace E. Pratt
Memorial Grant, established through recent donations by Dorothy
Carsey Sumner, Carsey’s daughter.
gift to the Foundation’s Named Grants-in-Aid program will endow
two annual grants of $500 in their names, to be used to support
graduate and post-graduate geoscience students.
same time, Sumner also gave money to increase the endowment to the
Bernold M. “Bruno” Hanson Memorial Environmental Grant.
and Pratt, in addition to having lifetimes of success as exploration
geologists, were former presidents of AAPG and recipients of the
Association’s highest honor, the Sidney Powers Memorial Award.
was a longtime geologist for Humble Oil (later Exxon) who was responsible
for numerous discoveries and exploration concepts in Texas, Louisiana,
California and Alaska. When he retired from Exxon (in 1961) he became
a consultant in the Houston area with his son, J. Ben Carsey Jr.
was active in AAPG affairs in a variety of ways, including as vice
president in 1960-62; president in 1967-68; and was the Sidney Powers
medalist in 1985.
one of the original founders of AAPG, was not only considered by
all to be among the all-time greatest geologists, he also was praised
as a businessman, a scientist, a humanist, a philosopher and, in
the words of his BULLETIN memorial (September 1982), “a magnificent
accomplishments would fill a large book. Pratt started his career
working in the Philippines for the U.S. Bureau of Insular Affairs,
and later did geological reconnaissances in Costa Rica and Mexico.
He became the first chief geologist for Humble Oil in 1918 – the
start of a “brilliant career” in which he would eventually become
a vice president and member of the Executive Committee of the Standard
Oil Co. (N.J.), which would become the Exxon Corp.
myriad achievements for and with AAPG, in addition to being an honorary
member, included being the Association’s fourth president in 1920;
the first recipient of the Sidney Powers medal (1945); the first
recipient of the Human Needs Award (1972); and, as such, was the
first to have received AAPG’s top two awards.
Tower at AAPG headquarters in Tulsa is named in his honor.
to the funds established in the names of Carsey and Pratt, or for
information about the Foundation’s Grants-in-Aid program, contact
Rebecca Griffin in the Foundation office, (918) 560-2644; e-mail
or through the Web site at foundation.aapg.org.