Jack Proffitt

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Jack Proffitt
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Membership Life Member

Jack M. Proffitt was awarded SEG Life Membership in 1983.


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Jack Proffitt graduated from Iowa State College in 1946 with a BSEE degree while enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve and enrolled in the Navy V-12 College Training Program. He was then comissioned an Ensign and assigned to the USS Cleveland. In 1947, he went to work as a Computer Trainee for Geophysical Service Inc. (GSI). Over the years, he advanced to Party Chief, Supervisor, Division Manager, Marine Manager and Vice President. He worked and travelled in many parts of the world. He retired from GSI in 1981 and moved with his wife to his dream place near Sunset, LA where he started a consulting business dealing with manufacturers of seismic equipment. During this time, his principal clients were Mertz, Inc. and Digicourse, Inc. He completely retired in 1996. He and his wife currently reside in Lafayette, LA.

He joined the Society of Exploration Geophysicists in 1947 and served for several years on its Scholarship Committee, as Chairman in his final year. He was also a member of the International Association of Geophysical Contractors, serving as its Chairman in 1980-81. He was awarded a Life Membership in SEG in 1983. Jack wrote an article entitled “A History of Innovation in Marine Seismic Data Acquisition” which was published in The Leading Edge in 1991.[1]

Jack loved his work in the industry. He always considered himself a “Doodlebugger” whose first love was field operations. He worked in most of the environments where seismic operations are conducted, from marsh and swamp to mountains and deserts to oceans, from frozen tundra to blazing heat. He loved every moment in the field. He still signs his e-mails with the appellation “Retired Doodlebugger”.


  1. Proffitt, J. (1991), ”A history of innovation in marine seismic data acquisition.” The Leading Edge, 10(3), 24–30. doi: 10.1190/1.1436807