Nelson Clarence Steenland (21 December 1919 - 3 December, 2000) was a geophysicist who was known for his work in aeromagnetic methods, including his collaboration with geophysicist Victor Vacquier.
NELSON CLARENCE STEENLAND passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2000. He was born December 21, 1919 in Palisades Park, New Jersey to Lena Allman Steenland and Rollo Steenland. Raised in New Jersey, graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. from Washington & Lee University in 1942. During WWII, he served as Bureau of Ships Field Engineer for the U.S. Navy. He worked on magnetic methods and underwater sound techniques to enable ships to avoid detection by submarines. He was stationed at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and was involved in the development of Sonar. He graduated with an M.S. and a Ph.D. in geophysics from Columbia University in 1948-49. Nelson moved his family to Houston in 1949. He is survived by his beloved wife, Isabel Orr Steenland, his daughter, Margot Steenland Cater and her husband, John Thomas Cater, his son, Nelson Kyle Steenland and his wife, Elizabeth Ward Steenland of Cincinnati, Ohio; his sister, Mildred Ellison, and her husband, Victor Ellison; sister-in-law, Muriel Amick and grandchildren Elisabeth Kyle Cater of New York City, John Todd Cater of Philadelphia, Alice Kate Steenland of Lyon, France, Maria Ward Steenland and Nicholas Ward Steenland of Cincinnati and numerous nieces and nephews. Nelson was a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysics, the Houston Geological Society and the Geophysical Society of Houston. He served as one-time editor of the journal of Geophysics. He served on the Board of the Bayou Preservation Association, the Board of the Museum of Natural Science and was President of that Board in 1959-1960. He served for many years as a deacon of the First Presbyterian Church. He was formerly a member of Texas Corinthian Yacht Club and a member of the Houston Country Club. There will be a memorial service in the chapel at the First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, December 9 at 1 p.m
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