Retired Kentucky Geologist Honored

Contact: Ralph Derickson

Photo of Donald C. Haney
Donald C. Haney


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 19, 2004) -- Donald C. Haney of Richmond, retired director of the Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS) located at the University of Kentucky, recently received the John T. Galey Memorial Award from the Eastern Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).

This is the highest award given by the AAPG Eastern Section and recognizes geologists whose accomplishments have been a great benefit to society. Haney’s contributions to geology and society as an educator, researcher, and Kentucky’s 11th State Geologist were listed as the reasons this award was bestowed during the section’s meeting in Columbus, Ohio.

The award citation reads, “To Donald Clay Haney in recognition of an illustrious career in geoscience encompassing extraordinary personal accomplishment, visionary leadership in the profession, and outstanding service to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, our Nation, and society.”

Haney, a native of Ferguson in Pulaski County, Ky., retired in 1999 after 21 years as State Geologist. Before becoming KGS director at UK and state geologist, he chaired the Department of Geology at Eastern Kentucky University for 14 years. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1956.

Haney earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in geology at UK.

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