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He Likes to Rock: Allen Makes His Trips ‘Special’

Presidential treatment: Participants in Bob Allen’s recent field trip to the Arbuckle Mountains in Oklahoma included some big names in AAPG history; from left, Allen, past president Jim Gibbs, current president John Lorenz and past president Marlan Downey.
Presidential treatment: Participants in Bob Allen’s recent field trip to the Arbuckle Mountains in Oklahoma included some big names in AAPG history; from left, Allen, past president Jim Gibbs, current president John Lorenz and past president Marlan Downey.

Leading field trips in southern Oklahoma is nothing new for Robert W. “Bob” Allen of the Ardmore Geological Society. He has done it for years, taking students and others to outcrops over the region, sharing his knowledge and love for geology to hundreds of people.

In early spring, Allen led another field trip, this time including the president of AAPG and two past presidents. One of the stops in the Arbuckle Mountains south of Davis, Okla., was at the Goddard Youth Camp where the group saw first-hand some results of Allen’s outreach efforts.

During the trip the group stopped by a cross-section on a wall at the camp that Allen, with the help of the late R.P. “Lux” Wilkinson, helped design and build. The section is made with some of the actual rocks from the local outcrops.

This, along with other educational materials Allen has helped the camp acquire, are visual aids to explain the basic principles and the geology of Southern Oklahoma to students attending the camp along with their instruction in Native American culture and surrounding ecology.

For this and other efforts by Allen, he was awarded the AAPG Special Award at the AAPG Annual Convention in New Orleans.

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