In Memoriam: Harry L. Thomsen

Title: In Memoriam: Harry L. Thomsen
Publication: The Outcrop, July 2005, p. 11

Harry Thomsen, a resident of Denver, died at home on April 30. He was born June 14, 1911, in Boise, Idaho. He received an AB degree in Mathematics and an MA degree in Geology from Oberlin College in Idaho and was a teaching fellow at the University of California in Berkeley.

For 35 years he worked as a geologist/geophysicist for Shell Oil Company around the US and abroad. He helped develop the field of Exploration Economics and trained oil industry leaders in it. After retirement he organized and directed a team for the US Geological Survey that created a report on US oil and gas reserves. The team received a citation for Excellence of Service from the US Secretary of the Interior. Mr. Thomsen also did consulting work for the Colorado School of Mines.

His interests included hiking in the mountains, music, and travel.

Known for his wit (especially puns) and devotion to his family, he is survived by three daughters: Kay Wood of Virginia, Barbara Sample of Denver, and Elinor Boldus of Wisconsin; as well as eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.