|ABOUT PEOPLE||September 1996|
The Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES) installed its 1996-97 officers: ARLEN L. EDGAR, president; SCOTT LAURENT, vice president; PERRY O. ROEHL, vice president of natural resources; ROBERT D. COWDERY, secretary; and JAMES H. HENDERSON, treasurer.
Newly elected board members for the society include JAMES S. CLASSEN, H. RUDY PARKISON, PAUL M. STRUNK, and DONALD C. WAMBAUGH.
The Illinois State Geological Survey awarded PAUL B. DUMONTELLE the honorary title of Principal Engineering Geologist Emeritus for distinguished public service throughout his 33-year career with that organization. DuMontelle, who retired from his position as head of the Survey's groundwater and geotechnical group in April, has coordinated projects for the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium of State Geologists and conducted research on mine subsidence. He is the current secretary of the Association of Engineering Geologists and will become vice president in October. He is also a member of the American Institute of Professional Geologists and a fellow of the Geological Society of America.
JOHN G. VEDDER, a recognized authority on Pacific margin geology and a scientist emeritus with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), was awarded the Thomas Wilson Dibblee Jr. Award. The honor recognizes excellence in geologic field mapping and commemorates the achievements of famous mapper Tom Dibblee.
RICHARD P. SHELDON, former chief geologist of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), was an authority on world phosphate resources. He directed the survey's research programs for energy and mineral studies from 1972-1977. His own research on phosphate deposits led him through Chile, the Middle East, Peru, Turkey, and parts of the western United States. Sheldon, who retired from the USGS in 1982, was a fellow of the Geological Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. June 8, in Washington, D.C.