The American Geological Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce that Larry D. Woodfork has been named the 2008 recipient of the Medal in Memory of Ian Campbell. Woodfork is the 27th recipient of this award that is given annually in memory of Ian Campbell, a man of remarkable accomplishment and influence.
Larry D. Woodfork, the 2008 Campbell Medalist, has had a highly productive professional career spanning four decades and including leadership positions in government, industry and academia. He began working in the petroleum industry and in 1968 joined the West Virginia Geologic and Economic Survey as a staff geologist. In 1989, he was appointed State Geologist and Director. During his tenure at the Survey, he concurrently held appointments as Adjunct Professor at West Virginia University. He has authored or edited publications on energy resources and the application of geology in addressing societal needs.
Larry served West Virginia with distinction for 34 years. He provided the insight required to build and maintain the geological research and outreach service programs of the Survey in a cost-effective manner. During his tenure, Larry served on state, regional, and national committees, boards, and commissions. His outstanding and timely service contributions were recognized by the Governors of West Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana by each awarding him the highest honor bestowed on citizens.
Larryâ€™s dedication and commitment to geoscience professional organizations are legendary. He has served as President of AGI, AIPG, and ASSG and as Chair of the AAPG HOD. He has provided leadership to the international community by serving as a voting delegate for the 31st and 32nd International Geological Congresses and as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Officers of the Corporation of International Year of Planet Earth. For his distinguished service, accomplishments, and leadership, he has received high honors and prestigious awards: AIPG Ben H. Parker Medal, AIPG Honorary Membership, AAPG Honorary Membership, AASG Honorary Membership, and GSA Senior Fellow.
Larry D. Woodforkâ€™s many and significant contributions and distinguished service to the geoscience profession, and his exceptional achievements and visionary leadership unequivocally qualify him as an excellent selection for the 2008 Ian Campbell Medal.
Compiled by: Ernest A. Mancini, Citationist