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'''L. C. (Lee) Lawyer''' is a geophysicist known for his leadership in industry, and his service to SEG. He served as the 1987-1988 [[SEG President]]. Lee is known widely among the geophysical community for his popular column "From the Other Side" which appears in "The Leading Edge".
  
 
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== SEG Presidential Award ==
'''L. C. (Lee) Lawyer''' is a geophysicist known for his leadership in industry,
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In a special award recognition, [[Bob Hardage]] presented the Presidential Award to Lee Lawyer for writing the initial version of the SEG Council Procedures and for implementing the nomination and election of the first Chair of the Council.<ref>Graul, M. (2013). ”President's Page.” President's Page, 32(1), 8-8. {{doi|10.1190/tle32010008.1}}</ref> In 2018, Nancy House presented a second Presidential Award to Lee Lawyer in sincere appreciation of his service as 2015-2018 Chair of the SEG Council.
his service to SEG. He served as the 1987-1988 [[SEG President]]. Lee is known
 
widely among the geophysical community for his popular column "From the Other Side"
 
which appears in "The Leading Edge".
 
 
 
== SEG [[Presidential Award]] <ref>  [http://www.seg.org/web/annual-meeting-2012/press/news/council-meeting 2012 Annual Meeting News </ref> ==
 
 
 
In a special award recognition, [[Bob Hardage]] presented the Presidential Award to Lee Lawyer for writing the initial version of the SEG Council Procedures and for implementing the nomination and election of the first Chair of the Council.
 
  
 
== Special Commendation 2006 ==
 
== Special Commendation 2006 ==
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SEG is honoring a group of individuals—'''L. C. (Lee) Lawyer''', [[Rhonda Boone]], [[Michael Golding]], [[Thomas Fulton]], and [[D. G. (Gene) Womack]]— with Special Commendation for their service to our profession, our Society, and the public in their roles as volunteers in development of programs associated with SEG’s 75th Anniversary celebration in 2005. This award is made in recognition of the efforts of a committee chaired by Lee Lawyer, which undertook the design and execution of a one-year celebration that included section involvement, a luncheon on 11 March in Houston at a site near where SEG was founded exactly 75 years earlier, a special publication containing articles emphasizing the history of exploration geophysics and SEG, articles in TLE detailing the history of the profession decade by decade, and a DVD portraying the history of the profession and of SEG.
  
SEG is honoring a group of individuals—'''L. C. (Lee) Lawyer''', [[Rhonda Boone]], [[Michael Golding]],
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The individuals accepting this award represent the leaders of the efforts, but they do not stand alone. They symbolize the hard work of a large number of very dedicated SEG members and other volunteers who have provided a living collection of our history, accomplishments, and character.
[[Thomas Fulton]], and [[D. G. (Gene) Womack]]—
 
with Special Commendation for their service to our profession, our Society, and the public in their roles as volunteers in development of programs
 
associated with SEG’s 75th Anniversary celebration in 2005. This award is made in recognition of the efforts of a committee chaired by Lee
 
Lawyer, which undertook the design and execution of a one-year celebration that included section involvement, a luncheon on 11 March in
 
Houston at a site near where SEG was founded exactly 75 years earlier, a special publication containing articles emphasizing the history of
 
exploration geophysics and SEG, articles in TLE detailing the history of the profession decade by decade, and a DVD portraying the history of
 
the profession and of SEG.
 
The individuals accepting this award represent the leaders of the efforts, but they do not stand alone. They symbolize the hard work of a large
 
number of very dedicated SEG members and other volunteers who have provided a living collection of our history, accomplishments, and character.
 
 
 
== Citation for SEG [[Special Commendation]] ==
 
  
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== Citation for SEG Special Commendation ==
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SEG’s 75th Anniversary in 2005 was marked by numerous events, publications, and parties. A global celebration of this magnitude does not just happen; it must be designed, promoted, and executed. This very successful year-long celebration was led by the 75th Anniversary Celebration Committee.
  
SEG’s 75th Anniversary in 2005 was marked by numerous
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Lee Lawyer chaired the committee for the 75th Anniversary for both SEG and the 2005 Annual Meeting. He assembled a committee of [[Gary Servos]], [[John Sumner]], [[Tom Fulton]], [[David Yarnell]], [[Shane Coperude]],[[Asra Tutuncu]], [[Peter Duncan]], [[Scott Singleton]], [[Matt Ross]], [[Roy Clark]], and [[Fred Aminzadeh]] to support the effort. The SEG Business Office staff provided assistance for this worthy cause.
events, publications, and parties. A global celebration of
 
this magnitude does not just happen; it must be designed,
 
promoted, and executed. This very successful year-long
 
celebration was led by the 75th Anniversary Celebration
 
Committee.
 
  
Lee Lawyer chaired the committee for the 75th
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The committee strove to engage all SEG constituencies in order to make the year special. Exploration and production
Anniversary for both SEG and the 2005 Annual Meeting. He
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companies, service companies, and member sections around the world were encouraged to find a way to recognize SEG throughout the year. Some posted congratulatory notes in their advertisements; others wore colorful pins noting the 75th Anniversary. Celebrations around the globe included guest lectures and birthday cakes throughout the year, often highlighted with pictures and stories in subsequent issues of THE LEADING EDGE. One remarkable celebration, a recreation of the founding meeting, was held in Houston on March 11, SEG’s birthday. The event was sponsored by the Geophysical Society of Houston.
assembled a committee of [[Gary Servos]], [[John Sumner]],
 
[[Tom Fulton]], [[David Yarnell]], [[Shane Coperude]],[[Asra Tutuncu]],
 
[[Peter Duncan]], [[Scott Singleton]], [[Matt Ross]], [[Roy Clark]], and
 
[[Fred Aminzadeh]] to support the effort. The SEG Business Office
 
staff provided assistance for this worthy cause.
 
  
The committee strove to engage all SEG constituencies in
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Dean Clark and the TLE staff supported the celebration with a series of articles in successive TLE issues, each covering a decade of the growth and development of SEG. Complementing this series, a special publication appeared before the 2005 convention containing articles and a graphic time line emphasizing the history of exploration geophysics and SEG.
order to make the year special. Exploration and production
 
companies, service companies, and member sections
 
around the world were encouraged to find a way to
 
recognize SEG throughout the year. Some posted
 
congratulatory notes in their advertisements; others wore
 
colorful pins noting the 75th Anniversary. Celebrations
 
around the globe included guest lectures and birthday cakes
 
throughout the year, often highlighted with pictures and
 
stories in subsequent issues of THE LEADING EDGE. One
 
remarkable celebration, a recreation of the founding
 
meeting, was held in Houston on March 11, SEG’s birthday.
 
The event was sponsored by the Geophysical Society of
 
Houston.
 
  
Dean Clark and the TLE staff supported the celebration
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Further, a DVD, titled “Reflections in the Field,” was distributed at the 2005 Annual Meeting. Commissioned by SEG as a part of the 75th Anniversary celebration, the video portrays the history and development of the profession. Extensive interviews with prominent geophysicists and energy experts from around the world showed the global influence of geophysics. The DVD also included a copy of a previous SEG video “Seeing the Unseen” and all profiles published in THE LEADING EDGE.
with a series of articles in successive TLE issues, each
 
covering a decade of the growth and development of SEG.
 
Complementing this series, a special publication appeared
 
before the 2005 convention containing articles and a
 
graphic time line emphasizing the history of exploration
 
geophysics and SEG.
 
  
Further, a DVD, titled “Reflections in the Field,” was
+
At the 2005 Annual Meeting in November, in Houston, celebrations were brought to a fitting climax. The exhibit floor included a 900 square foot exhibit with artifacts and exhibits provided by the Geophysical Society of Houston and the SEG Foundation GeoScience Center in Tulsa. Geophysical instrumentation from the 1920s through today was displayed at the exhibit, which was staffed by a large group of volunteers, many of whom are retired and had not been to a recent annual meeting. Kiosks prominently placed around the exhibit floor showed pictures and equipment for each decade of SEG’s past. Many exhibitors added to the spirit by displaying historical artifacts in their booths. The festivities culminated in a birthday celebration at the Wednesday night gala.
distributed at the 2005 Annual Meeting. Commissioned by
 
SEG as a part of the 75th Anniversary celebration, the video
 
portrays the history and development of the profession.
 
Extensive interviews with prominent geophysicists and
 
energy experts from around the world showed the global
 
influence of geophysics. The DVD also included a copy of a
 
previous SEG video “Seeing the Unseen” and all profiles
 
published in THE LEADING EDGE.
 
  
At the 2005 Annual Meeting in November, in Houston,
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The year’s festivities were a large success. This commendation serves to recognize the following individuals for their service to our profession, our Society, and the public in their roles as volunteers in development of programs associated with the SEG 75th Anniversary: Lee Lawyer for his leadership, Tom Fulton and Gene Womack for organizing the special historical displays at the convention, and Rhonda Boone and Michael Golding for successfully shepherding the DVD production.
celebrations were brought to a fitting climax. The exhibit
 
floor included a 900 square foot exhibit with artifacts and
 
exhibits provided by the Geophysical Society of Houston
 
and the SEG Foundation GeoScience Center in Tulsa.
 
Geophysical instrumentation from the 1920s through today
 
was displayed at the exhibit, which was staffed by a large
 
group of volunteers, many of whom are retired and had not
 
been to a recent annual meeting. Kiosks prominently placed
 
around the exhibit floor showed pictures and equipment for
 
each decade of SEG’s past. Many exhibitors added to the
 
spirit by displaying historical artifacts in their booths. The
 
festivities culminated in a birthday celebration at the
 
Wednesday night gala.
 
  
The year’s festivities were a large success. This
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== Biography Citation for SEG Honorary Membership ==
commendation serves to recognize the following individuals
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Lee Lawyer is unanimously recommended for Honorary Membership, due to his distinguished contributions to the advancement of the profession through service to the Society.<ref>''The Leading Edge,'' April 2009, Vol. 28, No. 4</ref> Lee has served SEG in many capacities, including three terms on the Executive Committee-as Second Vice President (1980-81), as the first President-Elect (1986-87), and as President (1987-88). He served for many years on the SEG Foundation Board of Directors, is a longtime Trustee Associate, and was the driving force behind the fundraising for the Doodlebugger statue. Lee also chaired SEG's 75th Anniversary Committee in 2005, and he writes the always entertaining, often provocative, "From the Other Side" column in TLE.
for their service to our profession, our Society, and the
 
public in their roles as volunteers in development of
 
programs associated with the SEG 75th Anniversary: Lee
 
Lawyer for his leadership, Tom Fulton and Gene Womack for
 
organizing the special historical displays at the convention,
 
and Rhonda Boone and Michael Golding for successfully
 
shepherding the DVD production.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
== Biography Citation for SEG [[Honorary Membership]]==
 
''The Leading Edge,'' April 2009, Vol. 28, No. 4
 
 
 
 
 
Lee Lawyer is unanimously recommended for Honorary
 
Membership, due to his distinguished contributions to the
 
advancement of the profession through service to the Society.
 
Lee has served SEG in many capacities, including three terms on the
 
Executive Committee-as Second Vice President (1980-81), as the
 
first President-Elect (1986-87), and as President (1987-88). He
 
served for many years on the SEG Foundation Board of Directors,
 
is a longtime Trustee Associate, and was the driving force behind
 
the fundraising for the Doodlebugger statue. Lee also chaired SEG?s
 
75th Anniversary Committee in 2005, and he writes the always
 
entertaining, often provocative, "From the Other Side" column in
 
TLE
 
.
 
  
 
=== Honorary Membership for L.C. (Lee) Lawyer===
 
=== Honorary Membership for L.C. (Lee) Lawyer===
 
''Contributed by Dean Clark''
 
''Contributed by Dean Clark''
  
In 1992, when Lee Lawyer went over to the other side, SEG's
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In 1992, when Lee Lawyer went over to the other side, SEG's membership was less than half (slightly under 14,000) of the current total (30,000 plus), and well over 60% of those 1992 members were residents of the United States, a percentage that is now reversed. It's reasonable to extrapolate from that data that the large majority of current members know Lee Lawyer only via his monthly musings in ''The Leading Edge,'' and it is, therefore, appropriate to begin by stating that, prior to his journalistic incarnation, he was a working geophysicist and of more than routine accomplishment.
membership was less than half (slightly under 14,000) of the
 
current total (30,000 plus), and well over 60% of those 1992
 
members were residents of the United States, a percentage
 
that is now reversed. It?s reasonable to extrapolate from that
 
data that the large majority of current members know Lee
 
Lawyer only via his monthly musings in
 
''The Leading Edge,'' and it is, therefore, appropriate to begin by stating
 
that, prior
 
to his journalistic incarnation, he was a working geophysicist
 
and of more than routine accomplishment.
 
  
That began when, after a degree in geological engineering at
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That began when, after a degree in geological engineering at the University of Oklahoma and three years in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he joined Standard Oil Company of Texas (an ancestor of Chevron) in 1954. He would remain with that company until retirement 38 years (and 25 moves) later. Th at time frame meant a front-row seat as seismic technology transformed from analog paper records interpreted primarily in the field (often on the hood of the party chief's pickup) to computer-massaged 3D digital data interpreted on ultrasophisticated workstations. Lee was intimately involved at all levels, from field practitioner through various supervisory positions to executive suite rococo as Chevron's chief geophysicist. Most of this involved seismic but he did spend one year in a gravity section (memorable because he was personally tutored by L.L. Nettleton, a most important pioneer in the field).
the University of Oklahoma and three years in the U.S. Army
 
Corps of Engineers, he joined Standard Oil Company of Texas
 
(an ancestor of Chevron) in 1954. He would remain with that
 
company until retirement 38 years (and 25 moves) later. Th at
 
time frame meant a front-row seat as seismic technology transformed
 
from analog paper records interpreted primarily in the
 
field (often on the hood of the party chief?s pickup) to computer-
 
massaged 3D digital data interpreted on ultrasophisticated
 
workstations. Lee was intimately involved at all levels, from field
 
practitioner through various supervisory positions to executive
 
suite rococo as Chevron?s chief geophysicist. Most of this involved
 
seismic but he did spend one year in a gravity section
 
(memorable because he was personally tutored by L.L. Nettleton,
 
a most important pioneer in the field).
 
  
Among his biggest challenges was being a one-man geophysical
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Among his biggest challenges was being a one-man geophysical department in Amarillo where his job was to coordinate "trade data" from the Texas Panhandle. Th ese were, almost exclusively, difficult-to-read copies of 100% records (definitely not sections, then a rarity) of various vintages and generated by different shooting techniques (this was well before vibroseis). He spent five years mapping several counties and was rewarded with the discovery of two major fields, one of which (Mills Ranch) held the record for deepest productive field (25,000 ft or so) for several years.
department in Amarillo where his job was to coordinate
 
"trade data" from the Texas Panhandle. Th ese were, almost
 
exclusively, difficult-to-read copies of 100% records (definitely
 
not sections, then a rarity) of various vintages and generated by
 
different shooting techniques (this was well before vibroseis). He
 
spent five years mapping several counties and was rewarded with
 
the discovery of two major fields, one of which (Mills Ranch)
 
held the record for deepest productive field (25,000 ft or so) for
 
several years.
 
  
Lee's volunteer work with SEG, virtually nonstop for more
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Lee's volunteer work with SEG, virtually nonstop for more than 40 years, began in 1967 when he was on the Arrangements Committee for the Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City. He has served in many key positions over the years, and there is space to list only a few: Chairman of the Arrangements Committee for the 1975 Annual Meeting; General Chairman of the 1978 Annual Meeting in San Francisco (the first in that city and featuring a convention-wide luncheon); Chairman of SEG's 75th Anniversary Committee in 2005 (and prime mover behind creation of the DVD Reflections in the Field ); and many, many leadership roles with the SEG Foundation (where he was notably instrumental in raising funds to support creation of the Doodlebugger statue). Along the way, he served on three executive committees:
than 40 years, began in 1967 when he was on the Arrangements
 
Committee for the Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City. He has
 
served in many key positions over the years, and there is space to
 
list only a few: Chairman of the Arrangements Committee for
 
the 1975 Annual Meeting; General Chairman of the 1978 Annual
 
Meeting in San Francisco (the fi rst in that city and featuring
 
a convention-wide luncheon); Chairman of SEG?s 75th Anniversary
 
Committee in 2005 (and prime mover behind creation
 
of the DVD
 
Reflections in the Field ); and many, many leadership
 
roles with the SEG Foundation (where he was notably instrumental
 
in raising funds to support creation of the Doodlebugger
 
statue). Along the way, he served on three executive committees:
 
  
Second Vice President (1980?81 where, ironically, he helped
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* President (1987-88 where he had to deal with a major downturn in the industry).
launch
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* SEG's first President-Elect (1986-87)
TLE ); as SEG?s fi rst President-Elect (1986?87); and as
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* Second Vice President (1980-81 where, ironically, he helped launch TLE)
President (1987?88 where he had to deal with a major downturn
 
in the industry).
 
  
Shortly after retiring from Chevron (and no longer being invited
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Shortly after retiring from Chevron (and no longer being invited to lunch at posh restaurants by geophysical contractors), Lee volunteered to write a column for TLE which would describe life on the other side of the retirement divide. It has proved remarkably popular from the start, and Lee has proved a remarkably reliable correspondent from the start. An anecdote relayed by the TLE editor (Clark, personal communication, 2008) emphasizes just how popular and how reliable. In the 16 years since From the Other Side was inaugurated, it has appeared in every issue of TLE with one exception. That was some years ago when the TLE editor, due to budgetary constraints, delayed publication of several items, including "FTOS," for a month. He was, in the same week that issue was printed, informed by the then SEG President to never, under any circumstances, do that again.
to lunch at posh restaurants by geophysical contractors), Lee
 
volunteered to write a column for TLE which would describe life
 
?on the other side? of the retirement divide. It has proved remarkably
 
popular from the start, and Lee has proved a remarkably reliable
 
correspondent from the start. An anecdote relayed by the
 
TLE editor (Clark, personal communication, 2008) emphasizes just
 
how popular and how reliable. In the 16 years since
 
From the Other Side was inaugurated, it has appeared in every issue of
 
TLE.with
 
one exception. Th at was some years ago when the
 
TLE editor, due to budgetary constraints, delayed publication of several
 
items, including
 
"FTOS," for a month. He was, in the same week that issue
 
was printed, informed by the then SEG President to never, under
 
any circumstances, do that again.
 
  
== Biography for SEG President Elect Candidacy ==
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== Biography for Candidacy as SEG President Elect (1986) ==
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L. C. (Lee) Lawyer, candidate for President-elect, has been an Active Member of SEG for 29 years. He served the Society as Scond Vice-President and as Chairman of the SEG Education Foundation Endowment Committe. He also was General Chairman of the 48th Annual SEG Meeting in San Francisco and subsequently served as Chairman of the Society's Annual Meeing Advisory Committee. He is a member of AAPG and EAEG as well as an active member of the Geophysical Society of Houston. he has held active membership in the Panhandle Geophysical Society in Amarillo, Oklahoma City Geophysical Society, Denver Geophysical Society, and the Bay Area Geophysical Society in San Francisco.
  
L. C. (Lee) Lawyer, candidate for President-elect, has been an Active Member
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Lawyer received his geological engineering degree from Oklahoma University and joined Stanford Oil Co. of Texas in 1955. Various assignments with Sotex(now Chevron, U.S.A.) included gravity and seismic data acquisition and interpretation in midcontinent areas of Texas and Oklahoma. He has been division geophysicist for Chevron in Oklahoma city, Denver, and San Francisco (Alaskan Division). He was chief geophysicist of Chevron Overseas and most recently vice-president of Chevron Geoscience Co. in Houston. He is currently chief geophysicist of Chevron Corp. and resides in Houston. 
of SEG for 29 years. He served the Society as Scond Vice-President and as
 
Chairman of the SEG Education Foundation Endowment Committe. He also was
 
General Chairman of the 48th Annual SEG Meeting in San Francisco and
 
subsequently served as Chairman of the Society's Annual Meeing Advisory
 
Committee. He is a member of AAPG and EAEG as well as an acive member of the
 
Geophysical Society of Houston. he has held active membership in the
 
Panhandle Geophysical Society in Amarillo, Oklahoma City
 
Geophysical Society, Denver Geophysical Society, and the Bay Area
 
Geophysical Society in San Francisco.
 
  
Lawyer received his geological engineering degree from Oklahoma University
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== References ==
ad joined Stanford Oil Co. of Texas in 1955. Various assignments with
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Sotex(now Chevron, U.S.A.) included gravity and seismic data acquisition and
 
interpretation in midcontinent areas of Texas and Oklahoma. He has been
 
division geophysicist for Chevron in Oklahoma city, Denver, and San
 
Francisco (Alaskan Division). He was chief geophysicist of Chevron Overseas
 
and most recently vice-president of Chevron Geoscience Co. in Houston. He is
 
currently chief geophysicist of Chevron Corp. and resides in Houston. 
 
  
== References ==
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==External links==
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[[Category:SEG Presidents]]
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[[Category:Geophysical Society of Houston]]
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[[Category:Denver Geophysical Society]]
 
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Latest revision as of 08:17, 24 September 2019

Lee Lawyer
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President year 1987

L. C. (Lee) Lawyer is a geophysicist known for his leadership in industry, and his service to SEG. He served as the 1987-1988 SEG President. Lee is known widely among the geophysical community for his popular column "From the Other Side" which appears in "The Leading Edge".

SEG Presidential Award

In a special award recognition, Bob Hardage presented the Presidential Award to Lee Lawyer for writing the initial version of the SEG Council Procedures and for implementing the nomination and election of the first Chair of the Council.[1] In 2018, Nancy House presented a second Presidential Award to Lee Lawyer in sincere appreciation of his service as 2015-2018 Chair of the SEG Council.

Special Commendation 2006

SEG is honoring a group of individuals—L. C. (Lee) Lawyer, Rhonda Boone, Michael Golding, Thomas Fulton, and D. G. (Gene) Womack— with Special Commendation for their service to our profession, our Society, and the public in their roles as volunteers in development of programs associated with SEG’s 75th Anniversary celebration in 2005. This award is made in recognition of the efforts of a committee chaired by Lee Lawyer, which undertook the design and execution of a one-year celebration that included section involvement, a luncheon on 11 March in Houston at a site near where SEG was founded exactly 75 years earlier, a special publication containing articles emphasizing the history of exploration geophysics and SEG, articles in TLE detailing the history of the profession decade by decade, and a DVD portraying the history of the profession and of SEG.

The individuals accepting this award represent the leaders of the efforts, but they do not stand alone. They symbolize the hard work of a large number of very dedicated SEG members and other volunteers who have provided a living collection of our history, accomplishments, and character.

Citation for SEG Special Commendation

SEG’s 75th Anniversary in 2005 was marked by numerous events, publications, and parties. A global celebration of this magnitude does not just happen; it must be designed, promoted, and executed. This very successful year-long celebration was led by the 75th Anniversary Celebration Committee.

Lee Lawyer chaired the committee for the 75th Anniversary for both SEG and the 2005 Annual Meeting. He assembled a committee of Gary Servos, John Sumner, Tom Fulton, David Yarnell, Shane Coperude,Asra Tutuncu, Peter Duncan, Scott Singleton, Matt Ross, Roy Clark, and Fred Aminzadeh to support the effort. The SEG Business Office staff provided assistance for this worthy cause.

The committee strove to engage all SEG constituencies in order to make the year special. Exploration and production companies, service companies, and member sections around the world were encouraged to find a way to recognize SEG throughout the year. Some posted congratulatory notes in their advertisements; others wore colorful pins noting the 75th Anniversary. Celebrations around the globe included guest lectures and birthday cakes throughout the year, often highlighted with pictures and stories in subsequent issues of THE LEADING EDGE. One remarkable celebration, a recreation of the founding meeting, was held in Houston on March 11, SEG’s birthday. The event was sponsored by the Geophysical Society of Houston.

Dean Clark and the TLE staff supported the celebration with a series of articles in successive TLE issues, each covering a decade of the growth and development of SEG. Complementing this series, a special publication appeared before the 2005 convention containing articles and a graphic time line emphasizing the history of exploration geophysics and SEG.

Further, a DVD, titled “Reflections in the Field,” was distributed at the 2005 Annual Meeting. Commissioned by SEG as a part of the 75th Anniversary celebration, the video portrays the history and development of the profession. Extensive interviews with prominent geophysicists and energy experts from around the world showed the global influence of geophysics. The DVD also included a copy of a previous SEG video “Seeing the Unseen” and all profiles published in THE LEADING EDGE.

At the 2005 Annual Meeting in November, in Houston, celebrations were brought to a fitting climax. The exhibit floor included a 900 square foot exhibit with artifacts and exhibits provided by the Geophysical Society of Houston and the SEG Foundation GeoScience Center in Tulsa. Geophysical instrumentation from the 1920s through today was displayed at the exhibit, which was staffed by a large group of volunteers, many of whom are retired and had not been to a recent annual meeting. Kiosks prominently placed around the exhibit floor showed pictures and equipment for each decade of SEG’s past. Many exhibitors added to the spirit by displaying historical artifacts in their booths. The festivities culminated in a birthday celebration at the Wednesday night gala.

The year’s festivities were a large success. This commendation serves to recognize the following individuals for their service to our profession, our Society, and the public in their roles as volunteers in development of programs associated with the SEG 75th Anniversary: Lee Lawyer for his leadership, Tom Fulton and Gene Womack for organizing the special historical displays at the convention, and Rhonda Boone and Michael Golding for successfully shepherding the DVD production.

Biography Citation for SEG Honorary Membership

Lee Lawyer is unanimously recommended for Honorary Membership, due to his distinguished contributions to the advancement of the profession through service to the Society.[2] Lee has served SEG in many capacities, including three terms on the Executive Committee-as Second Vice President (1980-81), as the first President-Elect (1986-87), and as President (1987-88). He served for many years on the SEG Foundation Board of Directors, is a longtime Trustee Associate, and was the driving force behind the fundraising for the Doodlebugger statue. Lee also chaired SEG's 75th Anniversary Committee in 2005, and he writes the always entertaining, often provocative, "From the Other Side" column in TLE.

Honorary Membership for L.C. (Lee) Lawyer

Contributed by Dean Clark

In 1992, when Lee Lawyer went over to the other side, SEG's membership was less than half (slightly under 14,000) of the current total (30,000 plus), and well over 60% of those 1992 members were residents of the United States, a percentage that is now reversed. It's reasonable to extrapolate from that data that the large majority of current members know Lee Lawyer only via his monthly musings in The Leading Edge, and it is, therefore, appropriate to begin by stating that, prior to his journalistic incarnation, he was a working geophysicist and of more than routine accomplishment.

That began when, after a degree in geological engineering at the University of Oklahoma and three years in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he joined Standard Oil Company of Texas (an ancestor of Chevron) in 1954. He would remain with that company until retirement 38 years (and 25 moves) later. Th at time frame meant a front-row seat as seismic technology transformed from analog paper records interpreted primarily in the field (often on the hood of the party chief's pickup) to computer-massaged 3D digital data interpreted on ultrasophisticated workstations. Lee was intimately involved at all levels, from field practitioner through various supervisory positions to executive suite rococo as Chevron's chief geophysicist. Most of this involved seismic but he did spend one year in a gravity section (memorable because he was personally tutored by L.L. Nettleton, a most important pioneer in the field).

Among his biggest challenges was being a one-man geophysical department in Amarillo where his job was to coordinate "trade data" from the Texas Panhandle. Th ese were, almost exclusively, difficult-to-read copies of 100% records (definitely not sections, then a rarity) of various vintages and generated by different shooting techniques (this was well before vibroseis). He spent five years mapping several counties and was rewarded with the discovery of two major fields, one of which (Mills Ranch) held the record for deepest productive field (25,000 ft or so) for several years.

Lee's volunteer work with SEG, virtually nonstop for more than 40 years, began in 1967 when he was on the Arrangements Committee for the Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City. He has served in many key positions over the years, and there is space to list only a few: Chairman of the Arrangements Committee for the 1975 Annual Meeting; General Chairman of the 1978 Annual Meeting in San Francisco (the first in that city and featuring a convention-wide luncheon); Chairman of SEG's 75th Anniversary Committee in 2005 (and prime mover behind creation of the DVD Reflections in the Field ); and many, many leadership roles with the SEG Foundation (where he was notably instrumental in raising funds to support creation of the Doodlebugger statue). Along the way, he served on three executive committees:

  • President (1987-88 where he had to deal with a major downturn in the industry).
  • SEG's first President-Elect (1986-87)
  • Second Vice President (1980-81 where, ironically, he helped launch TLE)

Shortly after retiring from Chevron (and no longer being invited to lunch at posh restaurants by geophysical contractors), Lee volunteered to write a column for TLE which would describe life on the other side of the retirement divide. It has proved remarkably popular from the start, and Lee has proved a remarkably reliable correspondent from the start. An anecdote relayed by the TLE editor (Clark, personal communication, 2008) emphasizes just how popular and how reliable. In the 16 years since From the Other Side was inaugurated, it has appeared in every issue of TLE with one exception. That was some years ago when the TLE editor, due to budgetary constraints, delayed publication of several items, including "FTOS," for a month. He was, in the same week that issue was printed, informed by the then SEG President to never, under any circumstances, do that again.

Biography for Candidacy as SEG President Elect (1986)

L. C. (Lee) Lawyer, candidate for President-elect, has been an Active Member of SEG for 29 years. He served the Society as Scond Vice-President and as Chairman of the SEG Education Foundation Endowment Committe. He also was General Chairman of the 48th Annual SEG Meeting in San Francisco and subsequently served as Chairman of the Society's Annual Meeing Advisory Committee. He is a member of AAPG and EAEG as well as an active member of the Geophysical Society of Houston. he has held active membership in the Panhandle Geophysical Society in Amarillo, Oklahoma City Geophysical Society, Denver Geophysical Society, and the Bay Area Geophysical Society in San Francisco.

Lawyer received his geological engineering degree from Oklahoma University and joined Stanford Oil Co. of Texas in 1955. Various assignments with Sotex(now Chevron, U.S.A.) included gravity and seismic data acquisition and interpretation in midcontinent areas of Texas and Oklahoma. He has been division geophysicist for Chevron in Oklahoma city, Denver, and San Francisco (Alaskan Division). He was chief geophysicist of Chevron Overseas and most recently vice-president of Chevron Geoscience Co. in Houston. He is currently chief geophysicist of Chevron Corp. and resides in Houston. 

References

  1. Graul, M. (2013). ”President's Page.” President's Page, 32(1), 8-8. http://dx.doi.org/10.1190/tle32010008.1
  2. The Leading Edge, April 2009, Vol. 28, No. 4

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