Robert J. Weimer Lifetime Contribution Award

About the Award

Lifetime Contributions recognizes contributions to the practice of the geosciences and/or petroleum geology in the region of the Rocky Mountains. This award was first given in 2013. The Lifetime Contributions Award is similar to the national AAPG Sidney Powers Memorial Award, the AAPG's most distinguished award.

Previous Winners


Elizabeth Bartow Campen, in recognition of her lifetime contributions to the profession of petroleum geology, especially in regards to her support of the Montana Geological Society through leading field trips, mentoring many young geologists, supporting geology through public outreach, and being a leader of the Montana petroleum community. Throughout her long career, Elizabeth (Betsy) Campen has been an active supporter of the Montana Geological Society (MGS), serving in nearly every office including being elected the first female president of MGS. She also served AAPG in several ways: as AAPG Secretary, EMD secretary and as a Visiting Geoscientist. Betsy has always been active in passing on her knowledge and enthusiasm for the study of geology to others. She led numerous field trips, was involved in teaching children about rocks and presents an annual earth science award at the Science Fair. In addition, she has been active in the Yellowstone Bighorn Research Association which runs a field station in the Beartooth Mountains used for field camp. It is an honor to present Elizabeth B. (Betsy) Campen with the Robert J. Weimer Lifetime Achievement Award.


Donald F. Cardinal was recognized for his 50-plus years of service to the profession of petroleum geology. Much of his service was with the Wyoming Geological Association (WGA) and has included organizing field trips, running symposia, authoring numerous papers (more than 40), and editing several guidebooks. He has helped to develop many young exploration geologists in the Casper area. His accomplishments include the development of a stratigraphic model for the Minnelusa and Leo Formations published in the AAPG Bulletin, the publication of the WGA's 2014 Wyoming Stratigraphic Nomenclature Chart, and his water data compilation published in 1984: Water Resistivities: Wyoming and a Portion of South Dakota. As an exploration geologist, Mr. Cardinal has discovered or participated in numerous discoveries in Wyoming, South Dakota and Colorado.

Don Cardinal receives the award from Sue Cluff, RMS President.


Dr. Lehi F. Hintze, Professor Emeritus, Brigham Young University, recognized for his lifetime of contributions to the understanding of Utah geology.

Sharon Hintze accepted the award on behalf of her late father, Dr. Lehi F. Hintze. Bart Kowallis, professor at BYU and colleague of Lehi Hintze, assisted in the ceremony and RMS-AAPG President Elmo Brown conducted the presentation.


Dr. Robert J. Weimer, Professor Emeritus, Colorado School of Mines recognizing lifetime contributions to the practice of the geosciences and/or petroleum geology in the region of the Rocky Mountains.
2013 Award - Dr. Robert J. Weimer presented by RMSAAPG President Michael Vandenberg


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