Huston, Will (b. , d. ?)
Note: George attended Carnegie Tech and the U. of Pittsburgh, receiving a BS degree in metallurgy in 1913. He registered for the WW 1 draft in 1917-18 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Bevier served in the Department of Military Aeronautics in World War 1. During the census of 1920, he was living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and listed as a self-employed geologist. By 1920, he had invented a seismograph detector and was engaged in experimental work. Dr . Bevier was one of the first geologists to combine geology and geophysics in the exploration for oil and gas. He was the District Geologist for the Atlantic Refining Co. in the Gulf Coast area of Texas and Louisiana from 1919 to 1924. He was the Gulf Coast District Geologist and Geophysicist for Pure Oil Co. from 1926 to 1930. He became an independent geologist after 1930. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the U. of Pittsburgh in 1937, and the distinguished alumnus award in 1964. The Bevier Engineering Library at the U. of Pittsburgh is named for George Means Bevier.
He lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1920. He was a consulting geologist. In 1930, he lived in Houston, Texas and was a geologist for an oil company.
PITTSBURGH—The estate of George M. Bevier has donated $10.5 million to the University of Pittsburgh’S School of Engineering. George Bevier, a petroleum geologist who received the Bachelor of Science degree in engineering in 1913 from Pitt’s School of Engineering, is credited as the inventor of a seismograph used to locate the presence of oil and gas fields. The gift continues the Beviers’ long history of friendship with Pitt. Upon George Bevier’s death in 1972, Eva Bevier, his wife, continued a relationship with Pitt and the University’s School of Engineering until her death in December 2002. Through the years, the couple established and maintained the Bevier Engineering Library in the School of Engineering and provided significant financial support to the school’s Petroleum Engineering Program.
This most recent bequest will support the Bevier Engineering Library, establish the George M. Bevier Endowed Chair in the School of Engineering, create the George M. Bevier Fellowships in Engineering, and create the George M Bevier Award to support programs in bioengineering, sustain ability, and energy and energy resources. “The Bevier Chair and the Bevier Fellowships will allow us to attract and retain outstanding faculty and students, respectively, in these critical areas,” said Gerald Holder, U.S. Steel Dean of Engineering.
“The School of Engineering and the University of Pittsburgh were important to my father,” said Pamela Bevier. “I am sure that both he and my mother would be pleased that he has contributed to developing areas of such national importance. George Means Bevier was a visionary entrepreneur in the best traditions of our most outstanding graduates, and we are proud and grateful for his commitment to education and to the University of Pittsburgh.”
In addition to inventing a seismograph, Bevier is credited with being one of the first geologists in the nation to combine geology and geophysics in the exploration of oil and gas, techniques which contributed to his discovery of the main production area of the Conroe oil fields in Montgomery County, Tex., one of the leading fields of oil and gas production in the state and nation. His lengthy and successful career with private corporations, the U.S. government, and as an independent geologist brought him many honors, including an honorary Doctor of Science degree in 1937 and a School of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1964, both from Pitt.
The Beviers’ gift is the largest gift ever made to the University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering.
Note: In 1900, he resided in Ashford Township, Cattaraugus County, New York. His occupation was farming and he rented a farm to work.
Note: Was a dentist in Denver, Colorado. He was known as "Mac."
Note: In 1880, he was a bookkeeper. He lived in Lush, Converse County Wyoming in 1900 and 1910. Was a U. S. Senator from Wyoming.
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