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'''Harold J. Kidder (1915-2002)''' served as the 1973-1974 [[SEG President]].
== Biography for SEG President Elect Candidacy ==
''Geophysics'', Vol. 38, No. 2, April 1973
H.J. Kidder, candidate for President, was born in Galveston, Texas. He grew
up in Mexico City, Mexico, attending grade school and high school there.
Upon graduation from the University of Texas in 1932 with a B.A. degree in
physics, he went to work on a Geophysical Research Corporation (Amerada)
seismic crew. He worked on field crews in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and
Oklahoma progressing through the position of party chief. He was transferred
to Colombia, as a seismic supervisors for two years and in 1948, Mobil
transferred him to Calgary, Alberta, Canada from 1952 to 1964. In 1964, he
transferred to Mobil's Exploration Services Center in Dallas where he is
presently employed as planning associate.
Mr. Kidder is a member of the SEG, AAPG, and DGS, and a charter member of
the CSEG. He served as treasurer, vice-president, and, in 1959, as president
of the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists. He served as 2nd
vice-president, 1st vice-president, and in 1969-70, as
president of the Dallas Geophysical Society. He has served as
Co-Chairman of the Entertainment Committee for the 1965 SEG
Annual Meeting, chairman of the entertainment committee of
the DGGS Joint Activities Committee, on the entertainment
committee for the 1968 AAPG International Annual Meeting, a
member of the SEG Constitution and Bylaws Committee, and as
SEG 1st Vice-President for 1971-72. He is presently
Co-Chairman of the 1973 Annual International SEG Meeting in
Mexico City.
== Obituary ==
''The Leading Edge,'' January 2004, Vol. 23, No. 1
Harold J. Kidder was born in Galveston, Texas, but he grew up in Mexico
City where his dad was an expatriate engineer. Jim attended both grade and
high school in Mexico City and became fluent in Spanish, which would serve
him well later in his career. He graduated from the University of Texas
with a BA in physics. After graduation, Jim went to work for Geophysical
Research Corporation, a subsidiary of Amerada, as  a junior computer on a
seismic crew in Louisiana. He later joined Magnolia Petroleum  Company
(Mobil Oil) in 1938. He worked on Magnolia seismic crews in Texas,
Mississippi, Louisiana, and Oklahoma progressing through the position of
party chief. He was transferred to Colombia in 1946 where he spent two
years as a seismic supervisor for Mobil. In 1948, he was transferred to
Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He was appointed chief geophysicist of Mobil Oil
Canada in 1952 and served in that position until 1964 at which time he was
transferred to Mobil?s Exploration Services Center in Dallas. There he served
in several positions in planning and administration.
Jim's final position in Mobil, where he was responsible for the training of
most of Mobil?s newly hired geophysicists out of college, was one in which he
helped initiate and develop the careers of scores of young men and women.
He quickly became an important mentor to all of these young people, many of
who work in the geophysical industry today. Jim loved this job and found it
to be one of the more rewarding positions in his career. In fact, he
enjoyed it so much that he declined retirement at the normal retirement age
and stayed on a little longer to continue in the job that was so valuable
to so many. He finally retired after 42 years of service to Mobil. Jim was
very active in industry affairs and societies all through his career. He
was a member of SEG, AAPG, Dallas Geophysical Society, and a charter member
of the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists. He served as
president of both the Dallas Geophysical and Canadian societies. In SEG, he
served as first vice president in 1971-72 and as president in 1973-74. He
was  awarded Life Membership in SEG in 1986. Jim was also co-chairman of the
1973 Annual Meeting in Mexico City where his personality and language
skills provided him with the tools to make a significant contribution to
the promotion of good will between the United States and Mexico. One of the
highlights of the meeting was his ability to address the convention in both
English and Spanish.  Jim was a gracious, true gentleman in every sense of
the word. I can't remember him not having that contagious smile on his face.
His wife, Roberta, in Dallas; his daughter, Janet, in Edmonton, Alberta,
Canada; his son Robert in Dallas; and his son John in Boulder, Colorado,
survive Jim. As a personal comment, which I think personifies Jim?s life and
personality, was a final goodbye to me just a few days before he died. His
final words to me were: ?Give my best to Sidge and the kids.? These were words
that I had heard hundreds of times as Jim?s final words in a conversation on
the phone or in person. Jim was one who was truly concerned about others.
Jim Kidder: great person and great friend.was one who was

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