Education, The Ultimate Legacy

Published
American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

It is not easy to witness the departure of so many talented and dedicated geologists. Every month, we read of more losses within our ranks, and it’s very painful to see how fleeting one’s impact is, particularly when juxtaposed with the almost unfathomable unfoldings of geological time.

Our life spans are nano-blinks of the eye. The scientific and technological ideas can be an even briefer nano-instant.

How does one go about honoring the memory of those we’ve lost? Just thinking of the last year alone, there are Arnold Bouma, Wayne Ahr, Gerald Friedman, Coy Squyres, and Douglas Strickland. There are even more, but these are ones I had met and interacted with.

It’s hard to find a geologist who is not also a mentor.

In fact, the transfer of knowledge – and wisdom – is probably what characterizes geoscientists of all stripes.

This is what makes me aware that sharing of knowledge and wisdom are what seems to persist in our transitory, impermanent world.

The ultimate legacy is education. If you want to make a mark, find a way to contribute to a scholarship fund, or set up one yourself. Or alternatively, you may wish to make resources available to a school or program. The AAPG Foundation has funds in place, and almost all the geologists we lost last year have either established a fund, or have designated an education fund.

Do it before it’s too late. Education is the ultimate legacy. You’ll change lives and perhaps the destiny of entire communities and nations.

What Can I Do?

Add Item

Enter Notes:
 
* You must be logged in to name and customize your collection.
Recommend Recommend
Printable Version Printable Version Email to a friend Email to a friend

See Also: ACE Program Paper

ACE Program Paper Exhibition Hall Regional Stratigraphy and a High-Resolution Geochemical Model of the Upper Pennsylvanian Cline Shale, Midland Basin, Texas Regional Stratigraphy and a High-Resolution Geochemical Model of the Upper Pennsylvanian Cline Shale, Midland Basin, Texas Desktop /Portals/0/images/ace/2015/luncheon heros/ace2015-tp1-unconventional.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 14943

See Also: DPA Luncheon

DPA Luncheon AAPG DPA Luncheon at GCAGS 2016 AAPG DPA Luncheon at GCAGS 2016 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/reice-rusty.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 33516

See Also: Explorer Article

Explorer Article In Memory Charles ‘Gil’ Mull, ‘Pioneer of Alaskan Geology,’ Passes at 86 Charles ‘Gil’ Mull, ‘Pioneer of Alaskan Geology,’ Passes at 86 Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/charles-mull-alaskan-geologist-hero.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 61986

See Also: Explorer Division Column DEG

Explorer Division Column DEG The Impact of the Geosciences on Global Goals The Impact of the Geosciences on Global Goals Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/Winsten-Miriam-mar20.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 61983

See Also: Explorer Regions and Sections

Explorer Regions and Sections Mid-Continent Section Rebounds to New Heights, Pivots Toward the Future Mid-Continent Section Rebounds to New Heights, Pivots Toward the Future Desktop /Portals/0/PackFlashItemImages/WebReady/midcon-section-rebounds-hero.jpg?width=100&h=100&mode=crop&anchor=middlecenter&quality=75amp;encoder=freeimage&progressive=true 61984