CHARLES MANKIN

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"Charlie" Mankin Jan 15, 1932 - Nov 13, 2012 NORMAN Dr. Charles J. "Charlie" Mankin, 80, passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, in Norman, Oklahoma. He was born on January 15, 1932, in Dallas, Texas, to Green and Myla Mankin. He was united in marriage on October 12, 2007, in Maui to Betty Bellis. Charlie was raised in West Texas and graduated from high school in 1949 from Ozona, Texas. Charlie received three degrees in geology from the University of Texas and held a post-doctoral position at Cal Tech. Mankin came to the University of Oklahoma in 1959 as an assistant professor and was commissioned by OU's longest-serving president, George Lynn Cross, to serve as director of the School of Geology and Geophysics in 1963. In 1967, Mankin became director of the Oklahoma Geological Survey, maintaining this role until his retirement in 2007. He is believed to be the longest-serving director of any state geological survey in the country. Upon his induction into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame, The Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society called Mankin an "enrichment to the state and nation." In addition to his leadership in Oklahoma, Mankin also served as president or vice president of national organizations, including the Association of American State Geologists, the American Geological Institute, the Mid Continent Section of the Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, and the American Institute of Professional Geologists. Charles was honored at the AASG annual meeting in June for playing a key role in pushing through the National Geologic Mapping Act. Charlie is survived by his wife, Betty Bellis Mankin, of Norman; daughters: Sally Geyer, of Atlanta; Helen Volak, of Tulsa, and her children, Daniel and Katie; and Laura Veal and husband Larry and their children, Ashley Atherton and husband Aaron and their son, Collin, and Jeff Veal, all of Noble; Betty's children: Doug Bellis and wife Tina, of Norman, and their daughters, Jenna and Carmen; and Karen Powers and husband Mark, of Cedar Park, Texas; and sister, Carolyn Thompson and husband Sam, of Austin, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his first wife, Mildred Helen (Hahn) Mankin. Visitation will be held at 1-8 p.m. on Sunday, November 18, 2012, at Havenbrook Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, November 19, 2012, at the First Christian Church, 220 S. Webster, Norman, Oklahoma, under the direction of Havenbrook Funeral Home. Online condolences may be shared at www.havenbrookfuneralhome.com www.havenbrookfuneralhome.com
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Havenbrook Funeral Home
3401 Havenbrook Street Norman, OK 73072
(405) 329-0101
Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 18, 2012
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