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Geologist Noted For Academic Work

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 Brunswick.

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 service.

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