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Elected in 1980

“For leadership in a major offshore engineering achievement which has advanced deepwater oil production technology.”


GLENN AUGUST SCHURMAN died peacefully at home in Tiburon on December 30, 2010, after a two-year battle with cancer.

He was born on September 6, 1922 and raised on a small dairy farm in Woodland, Washington. Glenn graduated from Washington State University in 1944 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He joined the Air Corps Enlisted Reserve and was assigned to the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics Research (later to become the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio, working on development of the jet engine. At the end of World War II, he attended the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, earning a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.

In 1950 Glenn joined Chevron Corporation at its new research facility in La Habra, California, working on early developments in geophysical instrumentation and helping pioneer the field of offshore drilling and development. He was awarded 18 patents for technical inventions in various aspects

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