Richard "RAP" Paull died on October 13, 2012 in Littleton, CO. Born May 20, 1930 in Madison, WI, he earned his three academic degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as serving two years as a Lieutenant with the U.S. Air Force in Research and Development. He left petroleum research after 5 years at Jersey Production Research Company in Tulsa, OK to develop the geology program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and served as the first departmental chair. He worked tirelessly for 34 years before retirement to establish a strong departmental reputation in the petroleum industry and to acquire student support. He created and led a 7 week summer field camp for geology students in the Rocky Mountains for 31 years, and he and his graduate students produced pioneering geologic maps and stratigraphic reports for southern Idaho. A Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Geology and Geophysics, he co-authored books and roadguides on the geology of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. He is survived by his geologist wife, Rachel Krebs Paull, after 58 wonderful years of marriage, and 3 strong, independent, loving daughters ; Kay Paull Pike (John) of Cedarburg. WI, Lynn Ellen Paull of Whitefish Bay, WI, and Judith Paull Vinson (Tom) of Conroe, TX. Also by brother Donald E. Paull (Carol) of Littleton, CO; brother-in-law Martin J. Krebs (Alice) of Sister Bay, WI and Bonita Springs, FL; and 5 grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to The Nature Conservancy of Wisconsin, 633 W. Main Street, Madison, WI 53703. A celebration of his life and many adventures will be held on June 14, 2013 at Highline Crossing Co-Housing Community in Littleton, CO.
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Published in Denver Post on Oct. 25, 2012