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Hugo Randwall Kamb, age 97, passed away November 27, 1998, at a local nursing home after a lengthy illness. He was preceded in death by his son, Norman H. Kamb, who passed away on November 8, 1998. Kamb was born August 16, 1901, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to parents Charles John Kamb and Lina Alma Smith. His parents were original immigrants from a Swedish community in Finland. At age 5 he moved with his family to Minneapolis, where he completed all schooling, including the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1925 with a civil engineering degree. Following graduation, he recognized early on that the new science of oil exploration and geology was the career he wanted to pursue. In 1927, Kamb joined AAPG and was a member for 71 years. In 1927 Kamb married his high school sweetheart, Hazel Alma Johnson, and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to accept employment with Mid-Kansas Oil and Gas Company. Thereafter, he moved to Shreveport, Louisiana, to work for Arkansas-Louisiana Oil and Gas Company. In the early 1950s, Kamb moved to Houston, Texas, to enhance his career with Crown Central Oil Company. In 1955, he moved to Dallas, Texas, joining Delhi Taylor Oil Company where he rose to the position of vice president-senior scientist. In this capacity, he was responsible for drilling the first producing oil well in Australia in the late 1950s. In the 1960s, he became an independent consultant for numerous oil companies and independent drillers until his retirement in the early 1980s.

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