Donald W. Peaceman
Donald W. Peaceman, 91, died June 19, 2017 surrounded by loved ones. He was born on June 1, 1926 in Miami, Florida and grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was predeceased by his parents, Ida and Morris Peaceman, his brother, Howard Peaceman and his beloved wife of 58 years, Ruth.
Don graduated from City College of New York in 1947 and earned his doctorate in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1951. After graduation, he and his bride moved to Houston where he joined Humble Oil & Refining Company (which became Exxon Production Research Company in 1964). He pioneered in the field of numerical solution of partial differential equations and the application of computers to reservoir simulation and seismic data processing, significantly contributing to the developing field of Petroleum Engineering and the way reservoirs were developed. Don published numerous articles on reservoir simulation and numerical mathematics as well as authoring a text which was widely used in Petroleum Engineering courses. He was active in many professional organizations, serving on Editorial Boards, presenting papers and chairing numerous conferences and symposium. In 1999, Don was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
Don was devoted to his family; his daughter Caren Cowan and her husband David and his son Alan Peaceman and his wife Karen. He loved spending time with his grandchildren: Michael Cowan and his wife Jennifer, Steven Cowan, Sarah Peaceman and her husband Hal Dworkin, Daniel Peaceman and his wife Aviel and Claire Peaceman. His great-granddaughter, Willow Cowan brought him great joy.
Funeral services will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21 at Beth Yeshurun Post Oak Cemetery (1037 N Post Oak Rd, Houston). In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Access for All fund at Congregation Emanu El, 1500 Sunset Blvd., 77056, to Habitat for Humanity or to a charity of your choice
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Published by Houston Chronicle on Jun. 21, 2017.