On September 24, 2006, William B. Heroy, Jr. passed away in Durham, North Carolina, where he and his wife, Dorthoy, lived in retirement. Bill served as President of the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man (ISEM) at Southern Methodist University, from 1971 to 1981. He succeeded his father, ISEMâ€™s Founding President, William B. Heroy, Sr.
Bill majored in geology, earning a B.S. from Dartmouth College in 1937 and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1941. He worked in the southwest for Texaco during World War II, and then joined the Geothechnical Corporation in Dallas, where he worked from 1945 to 1965, advancing to President of the company. Geotech was bought by the Teledyne Corporation in 1965 and Bill continued there as a senior executive until he resigned to accept the position of Vice President and Treasurer of Southern Methodist University in 1969.
Bill was always active in civic and professional affairs, having served in leadership roles in Dallas Geological and Dallas Geophysical Societies, numerous committees of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, as longtime Treasurer of the Geological Society of America, and as President of the American Geological Institute.
Billâ€™s career touched many lives and many institutions and left each the better. He believed very strongly in â€œpaying backâ€ to society and he contributed generously of his time and efforts wherever he was asked and where he felt he could make a difference.
ISEM ANNOUNCES HEROY MEMORIAL GIFT. The Institute for the Study of Earth and Man at Southern Methodist University is pleased to announce the receipt of a gift from Jack Hamilton in memory of William B. Heroy, Jr. The gift is to initiate the Heroy Geoscience Student Support Fund in the Institute. In making the gift Hamilton said, â€œThis gift is intended to recognize Billâ€™s lifelong commitment to the geosciences and his understanding of the importance of financial support in preparing geoscientists of the future! It is certainly my hope that this initiating gift will grow through the support of Billâ€™s many friends.â€ Jack Hamilton was a longtime associate of Bill Heroy in the senior management of The Geotechnical Corporation and then in the Geotechnical Division of The Teledyne Corporation. Hamilton is also a Trustee of the ISEM. In accepting the gift Dr. Louis L. Jacobs, ISEM President, said, â€œThis gift is indeed a fitting way to commmemorate Bill Heroyâ€™s life and contributions and we at the Institute are deeply grateful. We share Jack Hamiltonâ€™s hope that the fund will grow and thus enable it to support a growing number of students in the geosciences.â€
Contributions to the Heroy Geoscience Student Support Fund may be made to The ISEM Foundation, in care of Dr. Louis L. Jacobs, ISEM at SMU, Box 0273, Dallas, TX 75275-0274 and indicate that the contribution is for the Heroy Fund.
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