Dr. Samuel James Nelson, P.Eng., P.Geol., Professor Emeritus,
University of Calgary, a prominent Canadian geologist familiar
to the Alberta academic and oil communities, died of cancer
in Victoria, B.C, on Feb. 19.
Dr. Nelson received his PhD in geology with great distinction
from the University of McGill in 1952. He published extensively,
including several books on the geology of Western Canada.
He was well known to the oil industry, having taught at University
of Calgary, University of Alberta, and the University of New
Dr. Nelson was best known for authoring The Face of Time,
a geological history of Western Canada, used as a reference
guide by the oil industry.
Dr. Nelson served APEGGA as the chair, Calgary Joint Geological/Geophysical
Student Affairs Comittee, 1972-1974; member and chair, Calgary
Education Committee, 1972-1976; member, Board of Professional
Practice, 1970-1974; member, Professional Affairs Committee,
1970-1972; examiner in stratigraphy and paleontology, Executive
Committee of the Board of Examiners.
During a distinguished career as a scholar, educator and
author, Dr. Nelson received many awards, including those from
the Student Legislative Council, Faculty of Science, University
of Calgary for distinction of superior teacher, and from the
Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists for distinguished