In Memoriam: James H. Hafenbrack

Title: In Memoriam: James H. Hafenbrack
Publication: The Outcrop, November 2010, p. 26

James H. Hafenbrack of Greenwood Village, Colorado, a long time member of RMAG and AAPG, died August 4, 2010, at age 90. During WWII, Jim served in the Army Air Corps as a pilot instructor, including one assignment in La Junta, Colorado. After the war, he resumed his studies and earned a degree in geology from the University of Washington. Following graduation, he accepted a job offer from the Carter Oil Company (now Exxon) and continued to work for Exxon and its affiliates for the next 36 years. He served in many capacities in oil and gas exploration throughout the Rocky Mountains and the West Coast and was a geologic supervisor in Australia during Exxon’s early success there in the Bass Straits. Jim was a thoughtful and versatile geologist. When Exxon became interested in geothermal energy, he was assigned to the Chief Geologist’s staff to monitor industry geothermal activity in the U. S. and evaluate prospects in that field. After retiring from Exxon he worked for PPG helping them start a successful operation in the Michigan Basin. He was also a member of the Michigan Oil and Gas Association. Jim is survived by four children, ten grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. He enjoyed a long and successful career and will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.