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Robert J. Weimer
Bachelor of Arts - 1948, Master of Arts - 1949 - Geology
Robert J. Weimer, a Glendo, Wyoming, native, was awarded the PhD in geology from Stanford University in 1953. From 1949-1953 he was a geologist with Union Oil Company of California. In 1954, he began work, which he continues to the present, as a consulting geologist in U.S. and foreign petroleum exploration.That year, he also began a long and productive tenure with the Colorado School of Mines, retiring in 1983 as Getty Professor of Geology. He was a visiting professor at universities in Colorado, Calgary, and Indonesia, and has been a distinguished Fulbright lecturer at the University of Adelaide, Australia, and for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the Society of Exploration Geologists. His published notes, articles, and books in his field are numerous. He has been president of the Rockland Foundation, the Colorado Scientific Society, the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He is a School of Mines Foundation trustee and an honorary member of the Wyoming Geological Association and the CSM Alumni Association. In 1992, he was elected a member in the National Academy of Engineering. Weimer has been recognized as a 1982 UW Distinguished Alumnus, the RMAG 1982 Scientist of the Year, and recipient of the School of Mines 1990 Brawn Medal, the American Institute of Professional Geologists 1986 Parker Medal, and the AAPG's 1984 Sidney Powers Medal. A favorite thought: "There used to be a pond shaped like a peanut along the A&S building's southwest side. A spring tradition, when the ice melted, was to dunk graduating A&S seniors in 'peanut pond.' I almost lost my future wife, Ruth, because of the tradition. She was carried to the pond, but her protests were so vociferous that we relented, and she was not thrown in. I now know this was one of the wisest decisions I ever made."