Oualline and Petty Inducted into Hall of Distinction
October 13, 2016
The Jackson School of Geosciences welcomed two new members into its Hall of Distinction in 2016.
Judd Oualline received his B.S. from the Department of Geological Sciences at UT Austin and had a distinguished career in the oil industry, including serving as vice president and general manager of Southern Exploration and Production Division with Getty Oil Company. He served on the Geology Foundation Advisory Council from 1980 to 1991 and provided funding to establish the Getty
Chair, the Judd H. Oualline Endowment Fund, the Judd H. and Cynthia Oualline Centennial Lectureship in Geological Sciences, and the Judd H. and Cynthia Oualline Centennial Lectureship in Petroleum Geology.
O. Scott Petty earned his B.S. in civil engineering at UT Austin in 1917. After serving in WWI, he taught and studied physics at UT Austin. In 1925, he founded the Petty Geophysical Engineering Company, one of the first seismic service companies in the oil industry. Petty made many important early contributions and inventions in the field of geophysics and seismology. He served on the Geology Foundation Advisory Council from 1955 to 1969. Petty and his wife Edwina made significant contributions to geosciences at UT Austin, including establishing the Wallace E. Pratt Professorship in Geophysics. The Scott Petty Foundation continues that legacy of support. Both are posthumous inductions.