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Bernold M. "Bruno" Hanson* - Diamond Jubilee Outstanding Alumnus
Master of Arts - 1954 - Geology LLD 1987
Times were tough for Bruno Hanson when he came to UW after serving in the U.S. Army. His family's first Laramie home was in the Buckaroo Motel's basement. He's never forgotten the encouragement and practical help-including odd jobs -- he got from UW geologists Sam Knight, Bob Houston, and Don Blackstone.
After completing his UW Masters degree, he worked for Humble Oil for five years. In 1960, he became an independent oil operator. He has either found, or found extensions to, more than 38 oil and gas fields. He is President and CEO of The Hanson Corporation (the oil and gas company he founded in Midland, TX, 32 years ago) and a respected consultant. The American Association of Petroleum Geologists elected him its 1986-87 president. He received AAPG's Certificate of Merit (1987 and 1991), its Distinguished Service Award (1981), and Honorary Membership (1984). He is the first president of its Division of Environmental Geosciences. His many professional affiliations include Fellow of the Geologic Society of America, Life Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and membership in the Wyoming Geological Association and the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists. He has established geology scholarships at UW and at UND, and is a Distinguished Alumnus of both. North Dakota's Governor awarded him the state's 1988 National Leadership Award of Excellence. He recalls his labor-intensive Geology Camp Scholarship: "When camp closed, Dr. Knight had us cut enough wood for the next season. Cutting dead trees and splitting logs at 10,000 feet was a trying experience, but I look back and realize this was a character building part of my life. Geology students were not only taught excellent and practical geology; they also learned work ethics. What I was taught and learned at the University built the base for my career and what success I have obtained."
*In loving memory.