Dr. James Lee Martin Memorial Scholarship in Petroleum Geology
Upon graduation Martin joined Texaco, Inc., in Midland, Texas, as a petroleum geologist. In his early days as a trainee, he worked throughout West Texas and southeastern New Mexico. In 1968, Martin took a leave of absence from Texaco to attend the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque and received his PhD in geology in 1971. While at UNM he was a member of Sigma Gamma Epsilon National Honor Society.
Martin returned to Texaco in Midland and within a short time was transferred to New York, where he was appointed to the vice presidential staff of Texaco’s world headquarters. Texaco later transferred him to head up its geological laboratory in Houston.
In 1973 Martin left Texaco to become an independent petroleum geologist. He developed a successful consulting business, conducting industry workshops and consulting throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Russia.
Professionally, he was a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), an AAPG founding member of the Energy Minerals Division, a certified professional geological scientist with the Association of Professional Geological Scientists, and a member of the West Texas Geological Society, the Roswell Geological Society, and the Houston Geological Society.
It is Mrs. Martin’s wish that whoever receives the Dr. James Lee Martin Memorial Scholarship in Petroleum Geology love and honor the profession as much as Dr. Martin did.
Having completed his journey on earth, Dr. Martin left for heaven on March 1, 2012. He was a man of great faith and in his private life and personal career he had the highest moral and ethical standards. We love and miss you PaPa. – Jackie, Karen and Melissa