Jack Weyand

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Jack Weyand
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Membership Life Member

Jack Weyand (1935-2013) received SEG Life Membership in 1995 for his extraordinary service to the SEG.


Houston Chronicle Apr. 28, 2013.

Jack Calvin Weyand, 87, a resident of Houston and Galveston went to Heaven on April 25, 2013. A memorial service will be held 5:00pm Wednesday May 1, 2013 at the West Isle Presbyterian Church, 13724 Stewart Road Galveston, Texas 77554, Pastor Bob Bullock officiating, followed by a celebration of Jack's life at the Galveston Country Club. J ack was born in Brenham, Texas December 23, 1935 to Frida Muesse Weyand and Walter Weyand Sr. He married the love of his life, Mary Alice Brett, in 1952 and they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2012. During his years at Brenham High School he served as an air raid warden in the Brenham courthouse. He joined the Navy after graduation and served in the Pacific Operations of World War II as a Fire Controlman. After the Navy he graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelors of Science in Physics and Geology which led him to become an innovative leader in the field of petroleum engineering. Jack worked with Sydney Schafer and Associates for over 50 years and served in numerous capacities for the Geophysical Society of Houston, including President and was awarded with a Life Membership. He was also awarded a lifetime membership in the Society of Exploration Geophysicists for his advocacy, integrity and devotion to his work. He supervised numerous large scale gravity surveys in the Gulf of Mexico and was heralded as a pioneer in the industry. One of the greatest testimonies to his many achievements is a 2012 article spanning two issues of "The Leading Edge" publication of the SEG for his contributions. Although his resume doesn't reflect it, Jack would tell you he has never worked a day in his life!

Jack dedicated much of his life to community service. In the Boy Scouts of America, he was an Eagle Scout, served as Scoutmaster and Round Table Commissioner; he also received the District Award of Merit of the National Eagle Scouts. Jack has been a youth and Senior choir director as well as a singer in the church choirs at St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Houston and West Isle Presbyterian Church in Galveston. Jack has participated in numerous Barber Shop Singing groups and quartets. He was an avid athlete who until his 87th birthday enjoyed working out at the YMCA where he was a life member. His passion was tennis, organizing numerous tournaments throughout the years. He was also an avid sailor in the leisure and competitive arenas. He loved Golf, long walks on the beach and the great outdoors. He and Mary Alice traveled extensively to almost every continent in the world, constantly looking for new and exciting opportunities. They were very giving and loving parents and grandparents who will always be remembered for their unconditional love, friendship and guidance. Known as Grand Mary and PePaw, they set a shining example of a blessed and joyful life. Jack is preceded in death by his parents, Walter Sr. & Frida, his brother Walter Jr., his sister Pearl, and his wife Mary Alice. He is survived by his son, Steven Calvin Weyand of Houston; daughter Theresa Elliott and husband Kirk of Galveston; grandchildren Brittany, Jack and Mitch Elliott and great granddaughter Brayden; his Nephew, Jon Weyand and wife Vickie and niece Diane Brett. He also held dear his extended family including Peggy and Bill Hipple, Tracy and Robert McCarley and their children Haley and Cade.

The family would like to extend their deep gratitude to Becki Luchack for her friendship and care of Jack and Mary Alice as well as the Odessy and Faith Community Hospice teams who cared for them both. Memorial contributions in his name may be sent to the Boy Scouts of America Troop 604 or the YMCA. Friends may view the obituary and send condolences to the family at www.Legacy.com.

Biography Citation for SEG Life Membership

Contributed by Sindney Schafer

Life Membership may be conferred on persons who have voluntarily rendered exceptionally meritorious service to the Society. I've worked with Jack for 44 years and have never known a man of greater integrity and devotion to his work. He amply fits this description and is very deserving of this honor.

Jack Weyand served with the U.S. Navy during World War II in Pacific Operations. Upon his return from serrvice, he attended the University of Houston where he reeceived his BS in physics (1949). Afterwards he worked on a Gulf Coast seismic crew for Seismic Explorations, Inc. From 1951 through 1991, Jack provided both domestic and international geophysical interpretations for Sidney Schafer & Company and at the same time was deeply innvolved in the annual publication of the Geophysical Diirectory. From 1955 through 1968 Jack supervised numerous large scale gravity surveys in the Gulf of Mexico. These surveys began following the development of the underrwater gravity meter and electronic positioning. His attenntion to quality and adherence to survey specifications gained him respect from clients as well as contractors.

He has been an advocate of maximum integration of geophysics (including seismic, potential field, and other techniques) with geologic well log data, particularly with emphasis on density and velocity control. He has recently devoted an extended effort on this subject and has coauthored related papers presented at meetings of SEG Sections and of the European Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Many organizations have benefited from Jack's efforts. For his service to the Geophysical Society of Houston as secretary (1965), vice-president (1969), president (1972), student loan chairman and SEG Council representative, GSH awarded him life membership in 1980. He also served during SEG Annual Meetings as publication chairman (1966), technical materials chairman (1971), and vice-general chairman (1980, 1986). Jack is currently an SEG Trustee Associate and serves on the Gravity & Magnetics Committee.

He has dedicated a part of his life to community service. In the Boy Scouts of America he has served as scoutmaster and round table commissioner; he also received the District Award of Merit and is a member of the National Eagle Scouts Association. Jack has been a youth choir director and is a seniors singing director. He currently is a member of a barbershop/gospel quartet which performs for seniors groups and at nursing homes.

Jack married Mary Alice Brett in 1952, and they have two children: Stephen Weyand (in Houston) and Theresa Elliott (in Galveston). It has been a pleasure to work with Jack Weyand who, I believe, has made a significant contribution to the geophysical industry. --