It is with sadness that Subsurface Consultants & Associates, LLC, announces the passing of its Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Daniel John Tearpock. After a three year battle with pancreatic cancer, Dan departed this life on Sunday, February 9, 2014, surrounded by loving family.
Born on August 31, 1948, in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, Dan was a well-known and respected figure in the oil and gas industry, and remained passionately committed throughout his life to his profession as a successful oil finder, to educating and mentoring the next generation of talent in the geosciences, and to serving his community. His published works and associated training courses, including SCA’s flagship course, Applied Subsurface Geological Mapping with Structural Methods, are considered staples of geoscience education around the world.
In recent years, Dan received multiple honors and awards commemorating his professional achievements, including the AAPG Division of Professional Affairs’ Heritage Award, the AAPG Honorary Member Award, and nomination to the Advisory Board of his alma mater, Bloomsburg University College of Science and Technology.
Dan was a dedicated family man, and is survived by his mother, Laura-Nita Tearpock of Mocanaqua, PA, wife Diana Poon Tearpock of Houston, TX, his daughters, Nicole McMorris-LaVergne & Danielle Lavergne of Broussard, LA, stepdaughter Cindy Au of Houston, TX, four grandsons – Tyler McMorris, Justin, Jonathon, and Jesse Hitt, and one great-granddaughter, Nena Belle Hitt.
SCA President Hal Miller notes, “Dan showed great courage by starting a consulting and training business in 1988 during an oil price slump. It is a tribute to his legacy that he not only kept SCA alive for 25 years, but also established an outstanding global reputation for himself and the company. Dan had the foresight to transition SCA operations to his management team over the past few years, and we all benefited greatly from his exceptional knowledge of oil industry technical training and consulting. He will be remembered for years to come for his many contributions to the education of geoscientists around the world, and for the enduring textbooks and courses that he authored. He built a strong foundation on which SCA continues to grow.”
For more on Dan’s life and achievements, please click here for a slideshow documenting his professional career.