Ed Palmer           November 25, 2014

 Ed Palmer graduated from Liverpool University in 1975 with
a degree in geophysics.  He spent his first three years  in
the industry working for the RSA  Department  of  Minerals,
and  over  a  beer, he would fondly recall his early adven-
tures wandering about the most remote parts of  sub-Saharan

In 1979 Ed joined GSI in Bedford to begin his long and well
respected career in geophysics. He started in  the  velocity  analysis
group  in  the days when a fledgling geophysicist gained experience by
picking velocities day after day, year after  year.  He  became  group
leader and by 1986 DP supervisor.

Ed held a number of  supervisory  positions  through  various  company
mergers, including  GSI  into  HGS, Western  Geophysical  and  finally
WesternGeco. In recent years he ran the integrated solutions group and
the survey design and modeling group for WesternGeco in Gatwick.

Throughout his career, Ed had a number of guiding principles:

Integrity – He would not waver from what he believed to be  the  right
            thing to do.

Honesty   – He would always provide honest feedback, even  though  the
            recipient might not like what he had  to  say.  He  called
            this “tough love”.

Sharing   – He  was  always willing to share his knowledge, and he had
            that enviable talent of being able to pitch  at  precisely
            the  right  level.  He  gave  a talk on seismic to a local
            school and called  his  talk  the “Bat and the Onion”, the
            bat’s echo location symbolizing  seismic  exploration  and
            the onion an analogy for the rock layers in the earth.

Mentoring – In recent years Ed accepted an invitation to  lecture  for
            NexT  on  geophysics, and  numerous individuals within the
            industry were the benefactors of his depth  of  knowledge.
            Ed  would  willingly  proofread  abstracts  and papers for
            colleagues for industry publications, and he would be more
            than happy to revise, suggest, and direct the  content  of
            PSEs  for  SETC  applications for anyone who asked for his

Ed was a very sociable person, and very easy to get along with. He was
the ideal fellow  traveler  on  any  business  trip, always  calm  and
collected no matter what. All that have had the privilege of traveling
with  Ed  have  humorous stories to tell. He was the embodiment of the
professional geophysicist and a consummate gentleman.

Ed leaves behind his wife Bernadette, son John and daughter  Kate. Our
hearts go out to them at this tragic time. Ed will be deeply missed by
us all.

-- Dave Hill