Carroll Kappel           19 December 2010

It is with deep sadness that I bring to you the unfortunate
news of Carroll Kappel's  death.  Carroll  passed  away  on
Sunday, December 19  after  a  short  and courageous battle
with metastatic non-small cell cancer of the lung.  Carroll
handled his incurable disease with great valor and spent
his final breaths sharing humor and comfort with his family.
He loved life dearly but did not fear death. He imprinted a
lasting legacy in our lives through his passion for living,
and his undying will to  face  each  moment  with  humor, clarity  and

Carroll  was born in Houma, Louisiana in 1937.  He spent his childhood
and youth in Louisiana where he  attended  Nichols  State  University.
After  spending  time  in the Army and a few years as a rough neck, he
took on the budding field  of  computer  science, where  he  became  a
pioneer.  He  helped  develop  systems  and  code  for the geophysical
industry at a number of firms and for the U.S. government at NASA, but
was always proudest of his time during the first, seminal years at GSI.

Carroll was an active member of his Community  and  a  loving  friend,
brother,  husband, father  and grandfather, and will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his wife, Yvonne, sisters Elizabeth Bourg and  Linda
Gaston, Children  Jon Kappel, Jason Kappel and Emily Bouthillette.  He
was preceded in death by his mother and step-father, Madge and  Willis

A  private  funeral  service  will  be  scheduled at a later date. The
family asks that in lieu of flowers, a donation  be  offerred  to  the
American Cancer Society (at cancer.org).


Carroll passed away yesterday. Would you pass this on to the GSI community.

Mike Lockhart