Elwin Peacock

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Elwin Peacock
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Membership Life Member

Elwin Merrill Peacock (1928-2016) was an American geologist.


Obituary 2016 [1]

Elwin Merrill Peacock was born the 5th of February 1928, in Dallas, Texas to Helen Wainscott Peacock and Henry Bates Peacock. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday night, the 10th of December 2016.

Elwin was raised in Houston where he graduated from The Kinkaid School. He then attended Rice Institute and graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1949 with a degree in Geology. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

Elwin earned his Eagle Scout badge in 1943 which he considered one of his most memorable accomplishments. Scouting values, especially the Scout Laws, served him as guides for living throughout his life.

Elwin's employment included Sohio Petroleum Company, Signal Oil and Gas, Seiscom-Delta Corporation until he became an independent consulting geophysicist in 1972 until his retirement.

Elwin was active with his career and professional interests. He served in several capacities with many organizations including: Advisory Board for the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado, President of the Houston Petroleum Club, Honorary Life Member and Secretary-Treasurer of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Trustee of SEG Foundation and founding member of SEG Trustee Associates, Honorary Life Member and President of the Geophysical Society of Houston, member of American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists,

European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, and the Houston Geological Society. Outside of his professional interests, he served as a member of the Hunters Creek Village City Council, Chairman of Hunters Creek Planning and Zoning Commission, and the Board of Commissioners of the Village Fire Department. He was also a member of The Houston Racquet Club where he played the game of tennis and enjoyed socializing with friends.

Elwin was an active member of the Methodist church while growing up in Houston. He served as Chairman of the Official Board for Village Methodist Church in Oklahoma City and Southwest Methodist Church in west Houston. Chapelwood United Methodist became his church for over forty years where he was Honorary Member of the Board of Stewards and Trustee. He is survived by Jane Breitenstein Peacock, his wife of sixty seven years; daughters Julie Peacock, Houston, Texas, Helen Peacock, Atlanta, Georgia and sons David Peacock and fiance Jennifer Boudreaux of Dallas, Texas and Paul Peacock from Houston, Texas. Other survivors include his brother, Robert B. Peacock and his wife Sidge, of Dallas, Texas; Nieces and nephews include Robert Peacock and wife Becky of Libertyville, Illinois, Kathy Peacock, Plano, Texas, Cathy and Don Beazley of Alachua, Florida, Doug and Lucy McCausland of Arlingon, Virginia, and Suzie Boynton of Westport, Connecticut.

Biography for candidacy for SEG Secretary Treasurer 1971

Elwin M. Peacock, candidate for Secretary Treasurer, graduated from the University of Colorado in 1949 with a bachelor's degree in geology.

On graduation he joined Sohio Petroleum Company as a geophysical trainee on gravity and seismic crews. He subsequently advanced through the positions of geophysicist and party chief in the Gulf Coast to district geophysicist in West Texas and later to district geophysicist and staff assistant to the general manager in Oklahoma City. While in Oklahoma City, he served as secretary and first vice-president of the Oklahoma City Geophysical Society and was president-elect at the time of his transfer to Houston in 1962.

Mr. Peacock joined Signal Oil and Gas Company in 1962 where he was Gulf Coast Division geophysicist until joining Seismic Computing Corp. in 1967 as vice-president. At Seiscom he served at various times as manager of marketing, proprietary surveys, and data processing. In November, 1972, he and three other former Sohio associates formed a consulting firm in Houston, Exploration Associates International, to do interpretation and supervision of geophysical programs worldwide.

Peacock has been active in the Geophysical Society of Houston, having served as treasurer in 1967-68, as president in 1970-71, and as district representative since 1970. From 1966 to 1969, he was a member of the Committee for the Future Direction of the SEG and served on SEG convention committee assignments in Houston and Oklahoma City.

In addition to being a member of SEG since 1949, he is an active member of EAEG, AAPG, Houston Geological Society and is a certified Petroleum Geologist. His membershp in SIPES is pending.

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