Geologist Makes Contribution to Ou Geology Schools

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Deep roots bring people home. Or, some just send money.

Don O. Chapell, a native Oklahoman and independent geologist and oil producer in Dallas, has contributed $100,000 to the University of Oklahoma College of Geosciences and its School of Geology and Geophysics to establish the Geology and Geophysics Computer Enhancement Fund.

Chapell, a 1933 OU geology graduate, noted that his schooling "has enhanced my life so much, and I have always felt indebted to the School of Geology."

The gift, a part of OU's $100 million Centennial Campaign, will be used with grants from the Digital Equipment Corp. to upgrade the Geosciences Computing Network for the benefit of the College of Geosciences and, in particular, its School of Geology and Geophysics.

"We appreciate this significant investment in the School of Geology and Geophysics and the Geosciences Computing Network," said OU President Richard Van Horn.

"The gift will assist the College of Geosciences in realizing its goal of achieving state-of-the-art capability through the Geosciences Computing Network for imaging, access to supercomputers and processing of geophysical data."

The Geosciences Computing Network is used by geologists, geophysicists, meteorologists and geographers for a variety of research and educational purposes, including providing software used in exploring for minerals and energy, mapping forests, managing land use, predicting agricultural crop yields, and numerically forecasting the weather.

It also provides students with access to some of the best computing equipment available, said James F. Kimpel, dean of the OU College of Geosciences.

In its three years of operation, the Geosciences Computing Network has evolved into a major facility for image processing, graphic visualization and numerical modeling, Kimpel said.

The network, currently housed in Gould Hall, will move into The Energy Center next year.

"Mr. Chapell's gift will enable us to double the capacity of a new Digital Equipment Corp. mainframe (computer) and still have funds left over to enhance our ability to do computer-based seismic processing," Kimpel said.

Chapell, who grew up in Okmulgee, began work for Shell Oil Co. in 1933 in Tulsa, later moving to Ardmore to become district geologist. He also served as chief geologist for Trans Western Oil Co. in Oklahoma City and San Antonio, and, after a company merger, as vice president in charge of exploration for Sunray Oil in Tulsa.

In Dallas, he was an associate of independent oil man Jake L. Hamon from 1950 to 1973. Since his retirement in 1973, Chapell has been an independent geologist and oil producer.

He is a member of several geological societies, including the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. . .

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The Petroleum Accountants Society of Oklahoma City is co-sponsoring the course.

"Natural Gas and Gas Plant Accounting," as the course is dubbed, will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the Santa Fe Inn, 6101 N. Santa Fe.

Tommy Eubanks of the accounting firm Price Waterhouse in Dallas will be the instructor.

Course topics include:

- Products involved and sources.

- Terminology and definitions.

- Volume and quality determinations. …

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