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You are invited to lunch in Anchorage on Wednesday, December 7. With more than 40 ARCO, BP Alaska and COP alumni having already RSVP'd, be sure to log on and RSVP before we reach our maximum number of 75. To RSVP, log on and click on events.

une 8, 1951 -  October 6, 2022

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Walter C. "Rusty" Riese passed away peacefully on October 6, 2022, at CHI Baylor St. Luke's hospital following a protracted battle with pulmonary fibrosis. A prominent geologist, loving father, and consummate storyteller, he will be missed by countless friends, family, and colleagues.

After his graduation in 1969, he departed for the greater Southwest, specifically New Mexico, to study earth sciences. Rusty earned his bachelor of science degree in geology in 1973 from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees in geology in 1977 and 1980, respectively, from the University of New Mexico.

The Southwest suited him. During his years as an undergraduate at New Mexico Tech and graduate student at UNM, Rusty realized and nurtured two of his most valued endeavors: his passion for cacti, and his relationships with fellow students and advisors that would endure through his life. At the time of his passing, he was in a loving relationship with Jamie Boling, a college friend turned partner in 2019. Rusty worked as a geologist and geoscience adviser for Gulf Mineral Resources, Anaconda Minerals, ARCO Oil and Gas Company, Vastar Resources, and BP. He was known for his work ethic and spirited partnerships with colleagues. He traveled extensively for his work, eventually visiting every continent but Antarctica, and residing in Colorado, California, and finally Texas for the rest of his life. He authored dozens of papers and held numerous U.S. and international patents for his work. Even in retirement, he continued to give lectures on economic geology, coalbed methane sequestration, and climate change.

Though he wore many hats and held many titles-from adjunct professor at Rice University and UNM to United States Powerlifting Federation judge to board member for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists-he was most proud of being dad and "Boris" to his two kids, Clay and Monica, who are gutted by this loss. They will treasure their memories of family camping trips, road trips through the Southwest and up the East Coast, and steaks so good they both refuse to order them from restaurants anymore.

"I’m saddened to hear of Rusty’s passing," said colleague and friend Tom LaHouse.  "Rusty was bright, articulate, and held high standards. Beneath that imposing physical exterior and towering intellect was a man of grace."

"The first few years our conversations focused on work, but in the following decades as our careers diverged and Rusty moved in and out of Houston, our friendship remained. What never changed was my appreciation and respect for him. He was a wonderful host when I passed through town and visited.  I thoroughly enjoyed the hour we spent walking through his museum above the garage. That was “so” Rusty. He always thought big and, as circumstances allowed, executed those thoughts in a big way."

Read the full obituary here.

In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to the Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens, New York, or the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation.

Congratulations to Med Kamal and Terry Palisch, the 2023 and 2024 SPE Presidents, respectively. 

Med Kamal worked at ARCO in Plano for AEPT from 1988 until 2000 when the company was sold to BP. At that time I joined Chevron Technology Company in the San Francisco Bay Area. Chevron tranferred me to Houston at the beginning of 2014. I am now an Emeritus Chevron Fellow after retiring in 2017 and returning to the Bay Area. One of the main taks of Chevron Fellows is developing the next generation of technical leaders. I finished serving on the Board of SPE International as the Regional Director for Western North America (2007-2009). My SPE Monograph on Transient Well Testing was published in November 2009 and is available through SPE.org and Amazon.com. I am an Honorary Member of SPE and was recently elected as the 2023 SPE President.

 

 

Terry is vice president of technology and engineering at CARBO Ceramics in Richardson, Texas. Terry began his career with ARCO in 1986 and then joined CARBO in 2004. In 2001, Terry Palisch was named the SPE Dallas Section Engineer of the Year, followed by Distinguished Service & Membership in 2017.  A University of Missouri-Rolla grad, he was recently honored as a Distinguished Alumnus has authored more than 50 SPE technical papers and holds several patents.

"I'm humbled to have been nominated as 2024 SPE President," said Terry. "SPE has done so much for me and my career. I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues on the Board to implement the new Strategic Plan and take the Society forward.” 

Terry joins Marvin Katz (1980), Janeen Judah (2017) and Med Kamel (2023 – current) as ARCO Alumni who have served as SPE President.

 

A special thank you to ACS, Advancial, Liberty Resources, Ryder Scott and our legacy leaders, Bill O’Brien, Steve Enger, Herb Vogel, and Scott Wilson for sponsoring the event.

Couples

We had a number of couples at the happy hour including Scott and Mary Wilson. We were thrilled they joined us on the day they were celebrating 36 years of marriage. Bob Schutzius had celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary earlier in the summer. Congratulations!

Others attending included Steve and Cynthia Enger, Mark and Maria Pearson and their daughter Victoria, Tracy and Joe Sinner, Stacy and Watty Strickland, Deidre and Paul Taylor, Herb and Karen Vogel, Becky Watson and Clay Borden, Tom and Jewel Wellborn and Cathy and Mike Clonts. Steve and Cynthia Enger are retired and busy traveling after they relocated from Denver to Golden. 

Herb Vogel joined SM Energy in Denver in 2019 and assumed the role of President and CEO in November 2020. Herb continues to scale 14ers with his son and nephew in his spare time.

Scott Wilson is a Partner at Ryder Scott where he specializes in reserves evaluations, artificial lift optimization and supporting clients as they maximize the value of their fields. Scott continues to ski, organize 'the guys annual ski trip', kayak and create new inventions and yard art.

Career Updates

Joanne Cech and Bob Schutzius drove from Fort Collins where Joanne is working for the City as a Program Evaluation Senior Analyst. Bob shared that he celebrated 40 years of marriage this year and chaired his high school’s 45th class reunion.

Sam French joined BKV Corporation in February 2021 after fifteen years with BP. Sam is the VP of Engineering overseeing reservoir engineering, production engineering and completion stimulation design for Barnett and Marcellus shale assets.

Tom Walker joined Occidental in Denver in November, 2018 and is the Chief Production Engineer responsible for keeping thousands of wells running and testing new technologies.

New members Kim Pentoyer, Rebecca Rice and Jewel and Tom Wellborn were at the happy hour courtesy of Tom Linn who promoted the happy hour to the ARCO Coal alumni. Rebecca is with Kinross Gold USA and was with ARCO Coal from 1981 to 1988. Tom continues to dabble in consulting, and decided to attend the happy hour when he saw the pictures from the Anchorage event. Jewel is working for Hydrocarbon Exploration and Development. Tom Linn was unable to attend as he was caring for his wife who had knee surgery.


Retirement

Joe Sinner retired in 2022, and has yet to decide whether he will consult or continue to enjoy golf, hiking and many other activities keeping him busy. He and Tracy are also busy travelling for weddings and family.

George Fenati shared that he and Watty Strickland are volunteering with Healing Waters International. The organization builds compact water treatment systems that bring safe drinking water to at-risk communities, mainly in Central America and Africa. “Our tasks mainly involve assembling, labeling, and packaging the units for delivery to their final destination,” said George. “ There, a local distributor sets up commercial terms and training for the purification units with needy communities for radically affordable drinking water. The commercial terms significantly improve the likelihood that the units will be functionally maintained and not forgotten in a back corner of a warehouse at the first sign of operational issues.”

Watty arrived back from Anchorage the day before the happy hour. He and Stacy were in Anchorage celebrating a nephew's wedding and visiting friends. Watty drove his daughter's trailer back to Denver with Doug Swenson, stopping to fish along the way.


In other News

Victoria Pearson enjoyed creating some artwork which we used to display the Advancial giveaways!

Louise Osborn holds the distinction of being the only other person than Cathy Clonts who was at the Anchorage and the Denver gatherings.

We were sorry to miss the following individuals. Greg Ernster was in Alaska on vacation, Kelli Nadon was packing for a move from Denver to Anchorage, Gordon Pospisil was on vacation in India, Connie and Winston Shero could not attend and Win said “It would have been nice to catch up with Mike (Clonts) since we worked together on the REB subsurface team in Plano”. Melanie Wstergaard was traveling in France for six weeks.

If you were at the happy hour on July 21 at O'Malley's, you know we enjoyed a great time and record turnout. Log on to see all of the pictures.

John and Kristina Hentges retired and have stayed in Anchorage. Both of their adult children are working in the industry in Anchorage. Life is good! Frank and Anca Paskvan are enjoying summer and camping on the weekends; the Digers were unable to make it as they were away camping. Mark and Gina Ireland also are blessed to have their children - and grandchild - living and working in Anchorage.

Louise Osborn, Kirk Barker and Russ Bone were in town from Colorado, Washington and Oklahoma respectively.After 19 years working for ARCO in Plano, primarily supporting Alaska gas injection projects, Russ Bone went to work for Phillips 66 (now ConocoPhillips) at their research labs in Bartlesville. Russ is mentoring the next generation at COP, especially about PVT and gas injection.  As luck would have it, he was teaching an EOR school at the same time as the Anchorage alumni event. Russ enjoyed seeing some familiar faces.

Ken and Pat Thompson, Russ Doig, Linda Petrie, James and Sandi Posey, Chip and Georganna Derrick, and Paula Harris were some of the many guests at the Anchorage Networking Happy Hour Thursday, July 21. Santos was represented by Bruce Dingeman and Mark Ireland; COP employees included Emily Arrowsmith, Jed Chamberlain, Barbara and Mike Hurley, Eric Pierson, and our sponsor PRA was represented by Tom and Chantal Walsh and Patricia Lobel. Ken and Pat Thompson also attended and cosponsored the happy hour.

Energy companies represented included Alyeska Pipeline, COP Alaska, Hawk Consulting, Hilcorp Energy, Kakivik, PRA, Santos,and individuals who transitioned from the energy industry to the Alaska Division of Oil and Gas, Alaska School District, Double Shovel Cider Company, GCI, and those energy industry employees who are now retired and were in town to join the fun. 

A special thank you to our sponsors, Advancial, ACS, Pacific Star Energy and PRA who made this event possible.

Amanda from Advancial, Susie Holly, Becky Stoabs, Kathy Gray and Katie Parmelee were essential in helping pull apart the adhesives from the very challenging name tags and welcoming the crowd to our event. It was our pleasure to include Shelly from the Food Bank of Alaska. Thank you to everyone who made a donation. Shelly was grateful not to have to carry a heavy load of canned goods back to their new location. If you want to make a donation, or volunteer, visit their website.

 

Great event, once again, and the turnout was tremendous! - Tom Walsh, President, PRA, event sponsor
Great seeing everyone and a great happy hour! I always enjoy seeing the photos from the happy hour - Ken Thompson, Pacific Star Energy, event sponsor