Robert Peacock

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Robert B. (Bob) Peacock (1931-2020) was an American geophysicist. [1]

Obituary 2020

by Katie Burke

It is with deep sadness the SEG Foundation recently learned that our fellow friend and colleague, Robert (“Bob”) Peacock, passed away on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at the age of 88. Bob was preceded in death by his brother, and long-time SEG/Foundation friend, Elwin Peacock. Bob is survived by his wife Silvia (“Sidge”) and other loving family members.

It is said that Bob was “born” into the oil business. His father, Dr. H.B. (“Bates”) Peacock was a pioneer in the oil industry, and was on a seismic crew in Duncan, Oklahoma, the day that Bob was born (1931).

After graduating from the University of Colorado in Boulder with two Bachelors of Science degrees – one in Engineering Physics and the other in Business, Bob began his long career with Mobil, when he took his first geophysical job in Arkansas, working for Magnolia Petroleum Company. He spent two years in the Army at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, serving in the 16th Armored Engineering Battalion and the 4th Armored Division. After the Army, Bob returned to Magnolia Oil Company (which soon after became Mobil Oil), where he and Sidge moved wherever the job took them (Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New York, Canada). He served as the exploration manager for the North Sea in Stavanger, Norway, and also for the Gulf of Mexico (Louisiana). Finally, he served in Djakarta, Indonesia, where Bob retired from Mobil.

Bob became a member of the SEG in 1959, and joined the SEG Foundation Trustee Associates in 1990. Since its inception, Bob was a devoted annual supporter to the Foundation’s programs and activities. In honor of their father, Bob and his brother Elwin established the SEG/Henry Bates Peacock Scholarship endowment in 2007. Bob was passionate about geophysics and our youth, and eagerly awaited the scholarship recipient announcements each year, so that he could make a personal connection with each and every awardee.

A small, private family gathering was held for his burial at Sparkman/Hillcrest Cemetery. There is much more to learn about Bob’s career, family, and hobbies in his Dignity Memorial obituary. Although belated, please join me in offering sincere condolences to Sidge and the Peacock family in their time of sorrow. Bob will be greatly missed by many.