In Memoriam: Thomas A. Mazza

Title: In Memoriam: Thomas A. Mazza

Publication: The Outcrop, May/June 2001, p. 15

The professional community lost a gifted geophysicist when Thomas A. Mazza, Senior Vice President of DDD Energy, Inc., (a subsidiary of Seitel, Inc.) died in a skiing accident on Saturday, March 10, 2001.

Tom graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in geology in 1979, and an M.S. in geophysics in 1982. He began his career with Tenneco in the Rocky Mountain Region (Denver), and moved to International Exploration (Houston) in 1987. In January of 1989, Tom joined Marathon Oil at the Denver Research Center, where he pioneered the use of seismic attributes and visualization techniques for exploration, provided corporate training in seismic stratigraphy, and tremendously advanced the understanding of the Brae Field Complex, North Sea. Tom was one of the first to embrace and apply total data integration in a digital world.

Tom left Marathon in late 1993 for a brief stint with Enron Oil & Gas Company. He then went on to Presidio Oil where he started as Geophysical Manager and later became Exploration Manager. He joined DDD Energy as Manager of Geophysics in mid-1996. At DDD, Tom helped develop a very successful company by merging the science of 3D seismic interpretation with the business of exploration geology, and advanced quickly to the position of Senior Vice President. Tom  was a member of SEG, AAPG, and DGS.

Tom was a devoted husband and father, and is survived by his wife Peggy, and daughters Alyson, 14, and Danielle, 11. Tom brought vision, energy, integrity, and a larger-than-life smile to everything he did and everyone he touched. He will be greatly missed. The Thomas A. Mazza Memorial Trust Fund has been established for his children. Donations may be sent in care of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2350 East Arapahoe Road, Littleton, CO 80122.