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On May 6, 2004, the world of applied paleontology dimmed with the premature death of Garry D. Jones at the age of 51. Garry was a dynamo in oil industry biostratigraphy, moving it forward even during the difficult economic times of the 1990s.

Garry received a Bachelor’s degree from Catawba College in North Carolina in 1974. He went on to study benthic foraminiferal ecology with Charlie Ross, receiving a Masters of Science degree from Western Washington University in 1977.

Garry then returned to the East Coast, completing a Ph.D. under Fred Swain at the University of Delaware. Garry’s dissertation “Foraminiferal Paleontology and Geology of Lower Claibornian Rocks, Inner Coastal Plain, North Carolina” formed the basis of North Carolina Geological Survey Bulletin 8, published in 1983.

In 1981 Garry joined UNOCAL as a research biostratigrapher in Brea, California. At UNOCAL he was an active participant in the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Integrated Ceno-zoic Biostratigraphy program and also the University of South Carolina’s Gulf of Mexico Foraminiferal Morphometrics and Isotope project. It was at Brea that Garry worked on North Sea data and published on a paleoecological model of late Paleocene agglutinated foraminifera using the paleo-slope transect approach. Using microfossils to solve geologic problems would be a continuing theme in Garry’s work. He wrote and coauthored many UNOCAL technical memoranda over the course of his career.

In 1992 Garry moved to Lafayette, Louisiana, and plunged into Gulf Coast biostratigraphy with both feet. Garry built a strong network of experienced workers to quickly come up to speed on the massive knowledge base of the Gulf Coast Cenozoic.

Geologic Problem Solving with Microfossils: A Volume in Honor of Garry D. Jones

SEPM Special Publication No. 93, Copyright © 2009

SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), ISBN 978-1-56576-137-7, p. 1–2.

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