Coast Geological Society

Ventura, California



Muriel Norton Barth (Née Rouse)

September 12, 1941 - July 24, 2019


Our beloved Muriel departed this earth on July 24. She was 77 years young.  Earlier this year Muriel was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and passed away peacefully at home in Ventura, California.

Muriel was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Her job as a map colorist for British Petroleum was the start of a long career in the seismic industry. When her department was transferred to California in the 1960s, Muriel jumped at the opportunity. Several years later she married Henry Norton (deceased) and they moved to Oxnard, California. She attended California Lutheran University and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Geology.


Muriel's next major career move was as a geologist for McClelland Engineers in Oxnard. At McClelland she was part of a team that collected and interpreted marine geophysical data for numerous clients worldwide. In the early 80s she requested to be part of a shipboard research team that was working in the Bering Sea. She was the first woman to go offshore for the company. (During this period, she and Henry were divorced.) Muriel worked offshore for several years and when McClelland was bought by another firm, she was laid off.

Shortly thereafter Muriel teamed with a colleague (Michael Barth) to start Geoquip Corporation, an innovative company that acquired and interpreted high resolution marine seismic data. Muriel managed the field crews for projects in the contiguous United States, Alaska, and South America. After operating in Houston for several years in the 90s, Muriel and Mike returned to their home in California and started a new company, Subsea Systems, Inc.  At long last Muriel and Mike married in 2001.

The M&M team partnered with Silicon Valley based Geometrics to develop the first digital high resolution multichannel marine seismic streamer; the two companies have had a long and successful arrangement since. Muriel managed the Subsea office until she retired in 2013.

Muriel loved to travel and participated in local and international geologic field trips to China, South America, Galapagos and New Zealand. She shared her passion for travel with her extended family, trekking through her beloved Canadian Rockies whenever she could find the time. Business took Muriel and Mike all over the United States, as well as to Norway and Turkey. Her office was always a source of inspiration, full of newspaper and magazine clippings about places she hoped to visit and explore.

Muriel volunteered at the Coast Geologic Society and at the Pacific Section of the AAPG for more than 3 decades.  She was the PS-AAPG treasurer from 1991-1993 and served numerous times on the CGS Board as secretary and treasurer.  When not on the Board she volunteered on the kitchen crew (before there was catering) and acted as the food and raffle prize buyer.


In 2015 Muriel received the joint PS-AAPG and Coast Geological Society President's Award presented to her by John Williams and Bob Blackmur.  This special award was for "Rare and Exemplary Spirit of Service" to both the PS-AAPG and CGS.  The dedication stated that "For over 30 years, Muriel has been an active member in her profession as a geologist and geophysicist at SubSea Systems, Inc.  For 25 years, she has, with great care, humble, and quiet dedication, served The Coast Geological Society.  For 250 CGS meetings, she has tirelessly been our regular and continuous buyer.  Muriel has seen the passage of 25 presidents, and she has been our thread of continuity and comfort at Coast for all these years".

Muriel was an avid golfer, watching and playing, and practiced yoga for over 30 years until just this past May. She appreciated nature and loved walking the Ventura pier seashore and the canyons of the Pacific Coast. Her smile was contagious. You could walk into the room a stranger and before you knew it she would be over to say Hi, give a big smile and welcome you as a friend.

She is survived by her husband Mike, her sister Eva Teubert; nieces Liane (Rich) Ralston and Lauren Rouse; nephews Mark (Elaine) Teubert and Gordon (Sheri) Rouse.  A gathering to celebrate her life will be held in early fall 2019 in Ventura.

We miss you Muriel.


Tom W. Redin

     Tom W. Redin, 91, died unexpectedly on Friday, May 6th in Ventura, California. He was born on March 26, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois to Roy W. and Gertrude Redin.

     Tom, a longtime Ventura resident, spent most of his youth in the Chicago suburb Park Ridge, Illinois. After graduating from Maine Township High School, he joined the military enlisting in the army in 1945 and serving in the European Theatre for two years.

     After returning from overseas, Tom spent one year at the University of Illinois before deciding to make the trek out to California via Route 66 in his father’s old Plymouth with two of his high school buddies, Bob Priester and Joe Yotti.

     Soon afterward arriving in Los Angeles, Tom enrolled at UCLA where he eventually earned a degree in geology. Here he also pledged a fraternity and was a member of the UCLA gymnastics team. After graduating in 1952, Tom worked at Global Marine Exploration and then eventually moved into his longtime position at Union Oil.

     In 1954 Tom and a few friends from work often frequented the Hollywood Palladium to hear bands and socialize. It was here on a warm September night in 1954, when Les Brown and his Band of Renown were headlining, Tom first met Jean Christensen. Tom and Jean were married 6 months later. The two had three children: Chuck, Nanci, and Karen.

     Tom continued working at Union Oil for over 30 years. He was one of the early workers involved in exploration studies of the Santa Barbara Channel. In 1969 Tom was named District Exploration Geologist for the Southern California region. Tom was the first recipient of Honorary Life Membership to the Pacific Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologist in 2009. Tom has given talks at both regional and national convention on the production of hydrocarbons from submarine fan deposits. Since his retirement, he had continued to work with other professionals on a series of AAPG regional cross sections tying the geology of the onshore to the offshore of the Santa Barbara Channel.

     Tom was an avid sports fan. He played volleyball throughout much of his life even competing in the Senior Olympics in the 1970s. In his later years, Tom took up golf playing on local courses up until recent years. He was a diehard UCLA Bruin fan and also enjoyed watching the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Dodgers. Tom also loved the outdoors and nature often initiating road trips with his family across the western U.S. and Canada. Tom was a firm believer in staying fit and for the past 40 years, Tom and Jean walked the hillsides of Ventura on a daily basis.

     He is survived by his wife, Jean; son, Chuck Redin, of Fullerton; daughter and son-in-law, Nanci and Casey Powers, of Agoura Hills; daughter, Karen Redin, of Ventura; grandchildren, Quinn and Zoe Powers and Madeline Anguiano. He was preceded in death by his sister, Katherine.

     Tom was kind, generous, dependable and will always be remembered for his quick wit and engaging sense of humor. He will be missed and always loved and remembered.


Harold “Hal” Burk Myers

     On September 24, 2015, “Hal” passed away peacefully of natural causes at the age of 88 in Ventura, CA, with family at his side.  He was born on December 14, 1926 in Santa Monica, California to Harold Sellers Myers and Marie Wilhelmina Burk.  Harold is survived by his wife, Rosalie, step-son, step-daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren.  He was accepted into the Masonic Lodge as a young man and maintained membership as a Freemason throughout his life, affiliated with Saddleback Laguna Lodge #672.  He participated in the Ventura community through the Riverview HOA and Ventura County Science Fair.

     Harold graduated from Laguna Beach High School in 1944 and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from the University of Nebraska.  His career as a petroleum field geologist with EXLOG took him around the world, including the Philippines, the North Slope of Alaska, and his favorite off-shore drilling rig, CUSS 1.  Hal was an active member of the Coast Geological Society and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.  Through the years, Hal served on the CGS Board, was one of the first webmasters for the Society, and was always on hand to help set up the meeting room, bring you a beer, watch the BBQ, and mentor (i.e., lobby) the new Board members.  One of Hal’s greatest contributions and pleasures was the annual judging of student geoscience projects for CGS recognition at the Ventura County Science Fair.  In 2007, the Dibblee Geologic Map of the Point Sur, Big Sur, and Pfeiffer Point Quadrangles, Monterey County, California by Thomas W. Dibblee, Jr. and edited by John A. Minch, was published as the Hal Myers Honorary Map.  

A memorial is planned at Scott's Flat Lake Campground, California in the Sierra foothills (Hal’s favorite place to fish) on April 3, 2016 at 3pm (23333 Scotts Flat Rd.  Nevada City, CA)

Dr. Gene Fritsch - Geology Professor CSUN
     Dr. A. Eugene Fritsche passed away on July 7, 2013. Gene joined the CSUN  (California State University - Northridge) Department of Geological Sciences in Fall 1963, after receiving his Ph.D. from UCLA. He twice served as Department Chair, retired in Spring 2000 and was immediately granted emeritus status. Gene was an native of Los Angeles and grew up with love of the hills and complex geology that surrounded him. Although he traveled to every continent on Earth, always fascinated with the rocks and geology that he saw, the geology of southern California remained his lifelong passion. Gene was a caring teacher who made his students strive for the best, a strong mentor and role model for his research students, a leader in shaping the path of the department for decades, and a legend in the world of southern California geology. Equally important in his life were his family and the incredible adventures they shared for more than 50 years. His service to his fellow men and woman through Habitat for Humanity and other aid agencies improved the lives of many, and his kindness and humor touched their lives forever leaving happy memories. His loving and intrepid wife, Sue, said that Gene so enjoyed teaching geology at CSUN; and even though his life was a little shorter then we would have liked, he had a very happy and adventurous life with all his world travels and his many, many service projects. You can send memories of Gene to 

Founding Member 1916-2013 Kempton Bishop Hall
          Kempton Bishop Hall (K.B. "Pete" Hall) passed away peacefully in his Santa Paula home on March 12, 2013, at the age of 96 - Was one of the founding members of CGS and very active in it's early days.
           He was a resident of Ojai since 1947, and farmed the noted KB Hall apricot and almond ranch in the Upper Ojai since 1955. Born June 30, 1916, in Long Beach, Calif., Pete completed a Bachelor of Science in Geology at UCLA. He was a very active student leader in many organizations, including serving as President of Beta Theta Pi and Blue Key, Commodore of the UCLA Bruins Rowing Club, Chairman of the Japan-America Student Conference and Assistant Dean of Men. During the Japan trip in 1939, he met Emily McIlvaine Stevens, whom he married in 1941.
         WW II interrupted his graduate studies. Shortly before Pearl Harbor, he began five years of Army service, first with the Coast Artillery at Fort MacArthur, then with the 134th Anti-aircraft Battalion as Administrative Command and Operations Officer in England, France and Germany.
         He held a field promotion of Major and earned five combat stars, including the Battle of the Bulge. Following the war, Pete worked as a distinguished petroleum and ground water geologist for Richfield Oil, ARCO and as a consultant to large companies, government agencies, and private parties who just wanted good well water.
         He was a pioneer in offshore exploration and worked on many of the first offshore rigs in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. His professional life included President and Honorary Life Member of the Pacific Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Charter Member of the American Institute of Professional Geologists and indicated earlier a founding member and President of the Coast Geological Society.
        A community leader, Pete served as President of the Board of Trustees for the Ojai School District for many years and was active as a board member and a director of various sections of the Ojai Chamber of Commerce and Ventura County Farm Bureau. A sailor all of his life, he owned several boats and was a member of both the Santa Barbara and Ventura Yacht Clubs. His last boat, the "Meadow Lark" was a 37-foot ketch, which he sailed into his 90's.
        He was a faithful family man, married to his wife, Emily, for 52 years; and father to sons, Peter (Ann) of Sacramento, Matthew (Donna) of Orlando, Fla., Mark (Susan) of Stockton, Luke of Ojai, John of Ojai, Andrew (Mary) of Saratoga Springs, Utah, and Thomas (Laura) of Ojai. He is also survived by a nephew, Ron (Judy) Johnson of Fresno; nieces, Dinah (Gonzalo) Medina of Kansas and Kathleen (Lindoro) Zanghi of Woodland Hills; eighteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.
            From a long line of Hall's who immigrated to the New England colonies in 1630's, Pete loved to quote the following from an ancestor's death notice, which proved prophetic: "He died from no special disease, the machinery of life having simply worn out." We wish him God-speed on his journey as he joins Emily, who preceded him in death by 20 years; and his only daughter, Jane Kempton Hall (born and died 1944), who he never saw due to his service in WWII
 Memorial service was held at St. Paul's/Emmanuel Church, 117 N. 7th Street, Santa Paula, on April 6 th.

Grosvenor “Butch” Brown 1926-2013


      Grosvenor C. “Butch” Brown passed away on February 12th, 2013 at the age of 87.  Butch, as he was known by everybody, worked for Union Oil of California throughout his geologic career.  Butch grew up in Midwest and moved with his parents to New York where he attended high school.  When he was seventeen he left high school before finishing to join the Navy and fight in WWII.  While stationed in San Diego he met the future Mrs. Brown, Ellen Marshall.  He served on the “USS John Rodgers”, a destroyer in the Pacific Fleet and was discharged in San Diego in 1946.  Here he resumed his courtship of Ellen but he ran into a slight snag, Ellen insisted that she would not marry him until he finished his high school courses.  Butch returned to New York City where he finished his high school degree in night school.  Upon finishing Ellen boarded a train and traveled across the country joining him in New York where they were married in 1948.  This was a union that lasted 65 years. 

     Butch and Ellen returned to the West Coast where Butch entered USC on the GI Bill.  He graduated in 1951 with a degree in geology/paleontology and a minor in literature.  The most amazing thing about Butch’s academic career is the fact was that Butch suffered from dyslexia, one of the reasons he dropped out of high school.  During his time in the Navy he worked diligently on his own to overcome this handicap.  While he was at USC Ellen helped him by proofing papers and encouraging him to continue fighting the dyslexia.   

      Upon graduation Butch was hired by Union Oil Company in 1952 where he began his career as a “bug picker” in the Western Region paleo group.  For the next 20 years Butch traveled the Union “trail” from California to Colorado to Oklahoma and back to California working both as an exploration and development geologist.  In 1973 he was tapped to manage the Western Region Paleontology Lab; first in Santa Fe Springs and finally in Ventura.  As manager Butch built the Western Region Paleo group into one of the leading paleontology labs in the industry.  This was largely the result of Butch’s managerial style, his ability to communicate effectively with people and his unique ability to spot and hire talented professionals.  During this period Butch was also given the responsibility of heading up Western Region’s geology and geophysical recruiting effort.  During the 80’s Butch was responsible for hiring a large number of Union’s geologic professionals.    

       One of Butch’s favorite activities during the latter part of his career with Union Oil was in leading field trips for Union’s domestic and international staff.  These field trips were designed to give Union’s personal an introduction to both the Deep Water clastics of the Ventura Basin and the onshore Monterey Formation sediments that are important reservoir and source rocks in California.  Along with leading in-house field trips Butch contributed his time and effort in leading field trips for both the Pacific Section AAPG and Coast Geological Society.  His name appears on many field trip guide books as trip leader.  Throughout his career he was an active member of both organizations serving as an officer and advisor.  He was awarded honorary life membership in the Pacific Section AAPG in 1997 and also honorary membership in the Coast Geological Society. 

      When Butch retired after 35 years of service he became active in the Men’s movement becoming an elder in the Condor Clan, a drum making and drumming society.  This association combined Butch’s love of the earth with the spiritual values of Native Americans.  He was happiest teaching others how to make drums and to honor the earth.  He also remained active in the Coast Geological Society, providing plaques for their guest speakers.  

      Butch is survived by his wife Ellen, daughters Nancy Brown and Jamin Brown Condou, his son-in-law Steven, his two granddaughters, Franny Condou Padgett and Anne Condou, and his great-granddaughters Olivia Anne and Elliot Grace. 

      For Butch’s family, for those of us who worked with Butch, or for those who simply knew him as a friend and fellow geologist, we have all lost a significant presence in our lives. 

Kermit Edsel Giddens

On May 22, 2008 Edward Hall passed away from complications from pneumonia. He will be sorely missed by all of us who knew and worked with him over the years. Ed did his undergraduate work at UC Berkeley and received a Masters Degree from Cal Tech. After serving in the Army during World War II, Ed went to work for Union Oil Company and was assigned to the Santa Paula Office. Thus began a long career on unraveling the structural complexities of the Ventura Basin. His detailed structural analysis of the basin led to the discovery of many major oil deposits. Ed shared his vast knowledge of “THE BASIN” with many and was always ready for a heated geologic discussion.

Edward Hall
R. Malcolm Campbell
      Mal passed away in the early hours of the morning from complications of excessive fluid in the thoracic cavity.  His wife Julie was at his side.

      Mal was a classic exploration geologist who practiced his trade during the boom years (1950’s through the 1990’s) of the oil business being continually moved to the areas where the action was and his expertise was most needed. During His career, which covered over 45 years, Mal worked in the following locales: New York, Wyoming, the Rocky Mountain region, Jackson, Mississippi, Holland, London, Jakarta, Nias, Sumatra, Indonesia and Australia. That covers quite a bit of the world!

Mal grew up in a large family in Tenino, Washington, a small town in the Olympia/Centralia area. After high school he entered theUniversity of Washington graduating with a degree in geology. Openings in the field of geology were bleak when he graduated, so Mal went to work for Boeing Aviation in Seattle and stayed with them during the war.  When the war ended, openings in the field of geology improved and Mal went to work for the United States Geological Survey as a field geologist.

      In 1948 Mal accepted employment with Standard Oil Company ofCalifornia and entered the “Oil Patch”. Over the next 38 years he worked in various locations throughout the world with ever increasing levels of responsibility. Mal retired from CHEVRON in 1986 but still stayed in the oil business by opening a consulting practice specializing in work throughout Southeast Asia and Australia. During his career Mal was an active member in the AAPG, SPWLA keeping abreast of the most recent advancements in geology and log analysis. He also attended the meetings of the local societies wherever he was stationed. While he was busy with his practice, his wife (Julie) was working for several oil companies, exploring in S.E. Asia, as a Consulting Social Anthropologist making sure that the company employee’s didn’t violate sacred taboos in their interaction with the natives. Mal was an excellent example of one of our profession who transgressed from the good old days of the good old boys to an industry of more technical and social awareness.

      Mal terminated his consulting practice in 1991 and he and Julie began an odyssey doing something that they both enjoyed; traveling throughout the world to exotic and interesting places!  Between trips, they spent the summer in the islands of British Columbia and the winters in the Santa Barbara area.  He will be sorely missed by all who knew him and we will have fond memories of our good times together.