In Memoriam: C. N. (Tom) Tinker

Clarence N. (Tom) Tinker, life member of SPE, and a geology evangelist died 11 March.

Tinker was an SPE member since 1957 and held section officer positions in the Illinois Basin section and with SPE membership committee. He was employed with Shell in roles of increasing responsibility for 39 years and retired from the company.

In the 1990s, he contributed to Cooperative Bioremediation Research, a cooperative venture to study the bioremediation of petroleum hydrocarbons in soils and groundwater. For this work, he was recognized by the governor of Michigan, and the Michigan Oil and Gas Association.

Tinker made several contributions to geology and encouraged younger generations to study the subject. A passionate geologist, Tinker had three generations of geologists in his family. He was also an active member of geological societies. In 2015, at the annual convention of Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, along with his son, Scott, director of the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin, and grandson Nathan, then pursuing a master’s degree in geology at the University of Texas at Austin, Tinker headed a panel on “Geo-Generations: 60 Years in the ‘Patch’ and Counting” and discussed the industry and technology trends that have impacted geoscientists over generations in the oil and gas industry.

A longstanding member and supporter of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), Tinker’s endowments in honor of the Tinker Family Geoscientists to the AAPG Foundation Digital Products Fund provides technical paper access to university students through the AAPG Datapages. He also moderated and participated in AAPG continuing education courses.

Tinker held BS and MS degrees from the University of Michigan and was recognized by the university for his continued support of the Department of Geological Studies.