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Memorial Service Set for Jim Steidtmann at UW

May 1, 2017
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Jim Steidtmann

A public memorial service for Jim Steidtmann, a University of Wyoming emeritus professor, is planned Sunday, May 7, from 2-4 p.m. in the atrium of the UW Earth Sciences Building.

Steidtmann died April 15 at his home in Arvada, Colo. He was 78.

A faculty member of the Department of Geology and Geophysics since 1968, Steidtmann lectured extensively on the geology of the Rocky Mountain region. His work, and that of his co-researchers, offered concepts that significantly impacted oil and gas exploration in Wyoming, and have application to oil and gas development around the world.

Steidtmann shared his passion for geology with the numerous students he taught and mentored during his tenure at UW. In 2013, the College of Arts and Sciences honored him as an outstanding former faculty member.

In addition to his teaching and research, Steidtmann served as head of the Department of Geology and Geophysics from 1990-2001. He also led the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute from 2003-2010.

He is survived by his wife, Randi; sister, Sally; children David (Geneviève Aron), Dana (Dave Walter) and Matt; and grandchildren Lauren and Kaya.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Department of Geology and Geophysics in honor of him.


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