Award: Honorary Membership 2003
Awardee: Susan M. Landon
Citation published in: The Outcrop, November 2003, p. 17
The Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists presents its Honorary Membership Award to Susan M. Landon. The award is given for outstanding and distinguished service to RMAG and to the geologic profession.
Susan received a BA in Geology from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and an MA in Geology from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Upon arriving in Denver in 1974 to begin her career as an exploration geologist with Amoco, Susan joined RMAG and has been a strong advocate for the organization and geologic community for the last 30 years. Within two years, she had given her first luncheon talk and in 1978, she successfully ran for Treasurer of RMAG. Susan served as President-Elect and President of RMAG in 2000-2001, during which time she sought legal advice on behalf of the organization to allow RMAG to take political positions while maintaining their non-profit status.
During her career, Susan has made numerous contributions to the Mountain Geologist. In 1998, she was one of the co-authors that won RMAG’s Best Paper Award for the Mountain Geologist for “The Nature and Distribution of Niobrara Lithologies in the Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway of the Rocky Mountain Region.” Continuing her commitment to the publication, Susan will be the upcoming editor of the Mountain Geologist beginning April 2004.
In addition to RMAG, Susan works tirelessly for many other geologic organizations and is dedicated to providing a role model for young women interested in geoscience. She was honored with the Donald C. Haney Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2002 for her forward-thinking lecture “Opportunities and Challenges for the U.S. Petroleum Industry: The Next 50 Years.” The American Association of Petroleum Geologists presented her with a Distinguished Service Award in 1995. A recipient of the Van Covering Award from the American Institute of Professional Geologists, she also received the RMAG awards for Distinguished Service to RMAG in 1986 and Distinguished Service to Earth Science in 1998.
In recognition of outstanding and distinguished service to the RMAG and the geologic profession, the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists is pleased to award Susan M. Landon with Honorary Membership.