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News Release, Kansas Geological Survey, Jan. 22, 1999

Gerhard Awarded Honorary Membership

LAWRENCE--The state geologist and director of the Kansas Geological Survey, based at the University of Kansas, has been made an honorary member of the Kansas Geological Society, the state's largest society of professional geologists.

Lee C. Gerhard, who has headed the Survey since 1987, was presented with the award at the Society's annual banquet and awards ceremony in Wichita on Jan. 22. Gerhard is the first member of the Survey to be given honorary membership since R.C. Moore, director of the Survey from 1918 to 1954 and one of the charter members of the Kansas Geological Society.

Gerhard is a native of New York who received a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Kansas in 1964. He has worked for Sinclair Oil and Gas and Supron Energy Corp. He taught at Southern Colorado State College, directed the West Indies Laboratory of Farleigh Dickinson University, and directed the North Dakota Geological Survey. Prior to coming to the Kansas Survey, he taught at Colorado School of Mines.

Gerhard plans to step down as director and state geologist in June, 1999, though he will stay at the Survey to pursue research interests.

"Lee Gerhard has done it all," said Society member Robert Cowdery. "He has served his professional in all three areas of geoscience--industry, academia, and government."

Story by Rex Buchanan, (785) 864-3965

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