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Tom Olsen
Tom Olsen

Tom at Woodford Outcrop
Tom at Woodford Outcrop

Tom (l) with dear friend Chuck Price
Tom (l) with dear friend Chuck Price

As we prepare for an exciting and dynamic 2015 Section Meeting, October 2-4 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Tulsa and hosted by the Tulsa Geological Society, we must pause to reflect upon the life of one of our own. Thomas William Olsen, general chair of last year's highly successful Biennial AAPG Mid-Continent Field Conference to the Arbuckles, will be on the minds of many as we gather in Tulsa. Chuck Price, vice-president of the Ardmore Geological Society, writes:

Tom was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Laverne Olsen and Dorlene Bornholdt Olsen on the 25th of August 1952 and passed from this world on the 21st of February 2015 in Ardmore. Tom was married to Janet Fulks and had two wonderful children, Tim and Lindy. Tom worked for the Quinton Company from 1985 until the time of his passing as their Geologist. Tom also worked for Tenneco Oil Company and Johnson Exploration Co. Tom was a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines in 1974 with a Degree in Geologic Engineering.

A member of the Southern Oklahoma Association of Petroleum Landman (SOAPL), he was Lifetime member of the Ardmore Geological Society where he served as President, Vice-President and Secretary Treasurer (AGS). Other organizations which he served included the Oklahoma City Geological Society (OCGS), American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), and Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE); he was also licensed as a Professional Geologist-Texas Board, Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientist (SIPES), and with the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB) as a Professional PetroPro. As a member of OERB he gave talks to local schools and organizations on the energy business and geology. Also, during the fall of 2014 Tom was the General Chairman of the Mid-Continent Section AAPG and was instrumental in organizing the Arbuckle Mountain Outcrop to Resources field trip, which was a great success. Tom was also a board member of the Ardmore Sample Cut and Log Library.

Tom was going into semi-retirement with the Quinton Little Company and had plans on leading field trips and promoting geology to the local community, fishing, motorcycle riding and generally enjoying life. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Don Burdick
President of the Mid-Continent Section Council, AAPG, 2013-2015