Geothermal Energy Utilization

Associated with Oil & Gas Development


June 12 – 13, 2007

           Southern Methodist University

Dallas, Texas



Marlan W. Downey had a thirty-year career with Shell Oil in management and research, retiring as President of Pecten (Shell) International in 1987. After a brief retirement, during which he founded Roxanna Oil, he joined Atlantic Richfield and served for seven years as President of Arco International. After retiring from Arco in 1996, he became Bartell Professor of Geoscience at the University of Oklahoma, and Chief Scientist at the Sarkeys Energy Center.


Marlan is a former President of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Senior Fellow of the Institute of Study for Earth and Man at Southern Methodist University, and a fellow of the Geological Society of the United Kingdom.


He has been honored by the world’s largest geological society as “A Living Legend in the Oil and Gas Business,” he served as AAPG Distinguished Lecturer for Southeast Asia. In 2000, he organized and chaired the Presidential Energy Policy Symposium in Washington D.C., bringing together the presidents of all the professional energy societies in the USA. In 2002, Marlan received the R H Dott Award for best geologic publication, and in 2003 received the Hedberg Medal for outstanding scientific achievements. In 2005, he was honored as a “Legendary Oil Finder” by the Petroleum History Foundation.


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