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International Awards
15 February

Regional Awards
1 March

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DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal

The DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal recognizes distinguished service to SPE, the profession of engineering and geology, and to the petroleum industry. Recipients of this award automatically become Distinguished Members.

2021 - Jose C. Cunha
2020 - Anil Ambastha
2019 - Hemanta K. Sarma
2018 - Anuj Gupta
2017 - Sameh Macary
2016 - Behrooz Fattahi
2016 - C. Susan Howes
2015 – Ali Ghalambor
2014 – Syed A. Ali
2013 – Thomas Blasingame
2012 – Sunil L. Kokal
2011 – Thomas A. Gouldie
2010 – Joyce Madelyn Holtzclaw
2009 – L. Kent Thomas
2008 – James P. Brill
2007 – Ken Arnold
2006 – D. Nathan Meehan
2005 – Keith K. Millheim
2004 – W. John Lee
2003 – Larry W. Lake
2002 – T. Scott Hickman
2001 – Theodore R. Blevins
2000 – W. Barney Gogarty
1999 – Necmettin Mungan
1998 – Sidney S. Smith
1997 – Robert L. Whiting
1996 – Dennis Gregg
1995 – Hossein Kazemi
1994 – Ben H. Caudle
1993 – Arlen L. Edgar
1992 – Charles L. Bare
1991 – James R. Jorden
1990 – Fred H. Poettmann
1989 – Edward E. Runyan
1988 – M. Scott Kraemer
1987 – Donald G. Russell
1986 – Charles W. Arnold
1985 – Lawrence B. Curtis
1984 – Edmund C. Babson
1983 – Henry J. Gruy
1982 – John C. Calhoun Jr.
1981 – H. Arthur Nedom
1980 – Claude R. Hocott
1979 – Jack J. Reynolds
1978 – Joseph G. Richardson
1977 – Charles R. Dodson
1976 – Robert H. McLemore
1975 – Robert B. Gilmore
1974 – John S. Bell
1973 – Thomas C. Frick
1972 – Wayne E. Glenn
1971 – Michel T. Halbouty
1971 – Lincoln F. Elkins
1970 – Jan J. Arps
1969 – Charles V. Millikan
1968 – John R. Suman
1967 – John M. Lovejoy
1966 – Everette L. DeGolyer


Nominee Eligibility

  • Must be a living member of SPE as of May 1 of the nomination year.
  • Must have at least 15 years professional experience in the petroleum industry.
  • Nominee is not eligible if they are on the current SPE Board of Directors, DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal award committee, or have served in these positions during the past 2 years.
  • You cannot nominate yourself.

To Nominate

  1. Go HERE to the nomination form. Or cut and paste the URL:
  2. Search for and select your candidate. 
  3. Complete all required fields. 
  4. At least 1 letter of support is required. You may request up to 6 
  5. A CV/resume is required. Your candidate will receive an email requesting a CV/resume.  
  6. Submit the nomination before the deadline. Draft nominations will not be judged. 
  7. Submitted nominations will remain active for: 
    • International – 3 years 
    • Regional – 1 year 

About Everette Lee DeGolyer

Everette Lee DeGolyer was born in a sod house near Greensburg, Kansas in 1886. During his career, he was the most renowned petroleum geologist in the world. He was a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and gained international fame in several fields of endeavor. As a 24 year old college student, he became a field geologist for the Mexican Eagle Oil Company, Ltd., and move on to become geologist, chief geologist and consulting geologist for the firm. During this period, he located the Potrero del Llano No. 4, the worlds largest oil well, which produced some 125 million barrels of oil during its life and located the discovery well of the Los Naranjos field, which has produced more than 1.24 billion barrels. He did early work in the field of geophysics as it applied to the petroleum industry, introducing torsion balance as an oil exploration tool and the use of both refraction and reflection seismographs for oil exploration.

DeGolyer organized Amerada Petroleum Corporation in 1919, serving as general manager, president and chairman of the board. He also organized Geophysical Research Corporation as an Amerada subsidiary. In 1936, he opened consulting offices in Dallas with Lewis W. MacNaughton and remained as senior partner of the firm until his death in 1956. As a member of AIME, he became the first Petroleum President of the Institute in 1927. In 1940, he was the third recipient of the Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal and received AIME’s highest honor, Honorary Membership.

DeGolyer held numerous AIME positions including vice-president (1921-26) and Petroleum Division chairman (1923-25). He was an organizer of AAPG, and served as its president in 1925. Oklahoma University bestowed on him its first Distinguished Service Citation. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Sciences.

The DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal recognizes distinguished and outstanding service to SPE, the professions of engineering and/or geology, and to the petroleum industry. The candidate must be a member of SPE with at least 15 years professional experience in the petroleum industry.