John Edward Gilcrease

Title: Geologist

Location: Winnsboro, Louisiana, United States

John Edward Gilcrease, Geologist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in geology.

Hardworking and dedicated, Mr. Gilcrease has been interested in geology since he was young. He was in high school when some oil activity began around his home, so he got a summer job with a gravity surveying company. It was all exploration activity at the time, and he found studying and learning more about the Earth to be a fascinating endeavor. He attended a night class in geology at Del Mar College while working for Pennzoil, an oil company, and proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Science in geology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Mr. Gilcrease’s academic background propelled him straight into the field, where he built an expertise in petroleum geology over the course of more than three decades. He retired in 2001, and considers the highlight of his career to be putting his knowledge to practical use in prominent roles like acting chief geologist for the Louisiana Mineral Board and geologist for the Department of Natural Resources for the state of Louisiana. His responsibilities there included supervising three districts in Louisiana and overseeing water bottoms and mineral leases for the state. Additionally, Mr. Gilcrease attended numerous out-of-state conferences relating to geothermal energy, coal, and hazardous waste storage, was the editor of “Guide to the Louisiana State Member Board,” and was affiliated with The Geological Society of America, Inc., the Baton Rouge Geological Society, the New Orleans Geological Society, the New York Academy o Sciences, and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

When Mr. Gilcrease wasn’t working, he enjoyed being active in his community. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Masonic Lodge, and Shriners International, a past master of the Capital Masonic Lodge, and a 33rd Degree Inspector General Honoree through the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. He has also served as a current master of the Winnsboro Masonic Lodge, and as a member of the Achcia Shrine Temple. He received multiple certificates of appreciation for his efforts.

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