Retired geology professor, director of program died
A retired OU professor died early Tuesday morning after spending almost 50 years working at the university.
Charles Mankin started his career at OU at the School of Geology and Geophysics in 1959. In 1964, he became the acting director of the school while he was still an assistant professor. He retired from the university in 2007, when he also stepped down as the director of the Oklahoma Geological Survey.
When he retired, Mankin was believed to be the longest-serving director of any state geological survey in the country, according to a press release.
During his career, Mankin also served as the executive director of the OU Energy Resources Institute from 1978 to 1987 and became the director of Sarkeys Energy Center in 2000, according to the release.
Mankin was recognized continually for his accomplishments with awards such as the Ian Campbell Memorial Award from the American Geological Institute and the Public Service Award from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, according to the press release.
Most notably, Mankin was recognized for his contributions to OU with a Regents’ Professorship in 2006, according to the release.
Mankin’s continuous dedication to geological survey and teaching will never be forgotten, President David Boren said in a statement.
“Charles Mankin’s record of service to the Oklahoma Geological Survey will never be surpassed,” Boren said.