Trustee Associates Elect New Officers

The AAPG Foundation Trustee Associates elected new officers during the group’s recently held 32nd annual meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Ed W. Heath
Ed W. Heath

Those elected are:

  • Chairman – Ed W. Heath, Durango, N.M. (one-year term).
  • Vice chairman – Richard S. Bishop, Houston (one-year term).
  • Secretary-Treasurer – Stewart L. Henry, Fort Worth (two-year term).

Other business during the meeting included:

  • Reports by Foundation Chairman Bill Fisher, Campaign co-Chairman Jack C. Threet and Foundation Executive DirectorRick Fritz.
  • A brief presentation on behalf of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists by Mike Forrest.
  • A special talk on “The Oversupplied U.S. Natural Gas Market: Can it Revive – and When?” presented by Trustee Associate Bob Esser.

Next year’s Trustee Associate meeting will be held Oct. 24-28, at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Ga.


Now is the time to apply to the 2010 Grants-in-Aid program, which is nearing the Jan. 31 deadline.

Geoscience graduate students whose thesis research has application to the search for and development of petroleum and energy-mineral resources, and/or to related environmental geology issues are encouraged to apply for more than $200,000 in available funding. Several of the named grants to be awarded are subject specific restrictions such as uranium, nuclear fuel energy, stratigraphy, regional or global tectonics, petrology/petrography, oceanography, carbonates, paleontology, petrophysics and development geology. In addition, several named grants are restricted to specific universities. Students do not need to be members of AAPG to apply for funding. Complete details are available on our Web site at foundation.aapg.org/gia/. Specific questions regarding the Grants-in-Aid program should be directed to Angela Taylor-Shepherd at (918) 560-2664.


The AAPG Foundation’s “Meeting Challenges … Assuring Success” campaign, co-chaired by Larry Funkhouser and Jack Threet, has received over $25 million to date – funds that through the Foundation will be used to support the science of geology through education and research, offering opportunities for students from elementary school through Ph.D. degree, for teachers and professors, for professional geoscientists throughout their careers and for the general public.

If you haven’t made your 2009 contribution in support of the Foundation’s programs, it is a good time to acknowledge the many benefits derived from involvement in the earth sciences – and you can maximize tax savings* (U.S.) by acting before Dec. 31.

Cash gifts are appreciated, but there are many other ways to give and realize even greater tax savings. Contact Rebecca (918) 560-2644 or Alison Robbins (918) 560-2674 in the Foundation office for other giving options, or to learn about the Foundation’s many programs.

*The AAPG Foundation is a 501-c (3) tax-exempt charitable organization. Contact your attorney or financial adviser for specific tax-related benefits applicable to your situation.

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Foundation Update

Rebecca Griffin worked as the AAPG Foundation manager until October 2010.

Foundation Update is a regular column in the EXPLORER offering news about the AAPG Foundation’s latest activities. For more information about the AAPG Foundation, visit the Foundation website, email, or call (918) 560-2644.

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