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
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
"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
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. . .
- Accounting for natural gas, in the financial sense of the
term, is the topic of a course offered Thursday and Friday in
Oklahoma City by the Professional Development Institute.
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. …