M. I. Ehrlich

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Marvin I. Ehrlich (d.1993)

Memorial

The Leading Edge, July 1994, Vol. 13, No. 7

Marv Ehrlich died of cancer on 4 December 1993. His career in geophysics began in 1966 after he received a master's degree in applied geophysics from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He had previously earned a bachelor's in geology from the University of Missouri. Marv worked for several mineral exploration firms before joining Shannon & Wilson, geotechnical consultants based in Seattle, Washington, in 1971. At the time of his death, he was a consultant for that firm and for Geo Recon International, also of Seattle. He was a registered geophysicist in California, a professional engineer in British Columbia, and a certified professional geologist in Virginia. He was a member of several professional organizations including SEG, AGU, and CSEG.

Marv's expertise took him all over the world. He served as the project geophysicist on numerous government endeavors. He was fluent with all geophysical techniques, particularly marine applications. No matter what the geophysical question, he always seemed to have an extensive, and well founded, answer which cited the most current methodologies and applications. In fact, Marv was a talker. He even talked about his ability to talk.

He combined knowledge of geophysics with an irreverent approach to life. It was not uncommon for Marvin to command attention by showing up for a meeting wearing a sports coat over a sweatshirt; and then continue to hold everyone's attention while expressing his learned opinions about the proper geophysical methods for the project under discussion. Survived by his wife, two daughters, and a son, Marv also leaves a vast repertoire of humorous, warm, unique geophysical stories that many of us fondly remember and will pass on. Everyone who knew him will miss his insight, humor and humanity.