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Geologist , Oil company executive

Merrill Wilber Haas, American geologist, oil company executive. Recipient Erasmus Haworth Distinguished Alumni award University Kansas, 1961, Distinguished Service Citation, 1966, Outstanding Achievement award University Michigan, 1981; named to Gallery of Outstanding Kansans, University Kansas, 1986.


Haas, Merrill Wilber was born on July 9, 1910 in Albert, Kansas, United States. Son of Frederick William and Ella (Keller) Haas.


Student, Kansas U., 1928-1931;Bachelor in Geology, University of Michigan, 1932;postgraduate, Harvard University, 1932-1933.


Paleontologist, Exxon Company United States of America, Houston, 1933-1934;district geologist, Lago Petroleum Corporation, Venezuela, 1934-1936;paleontologist, Lago Petroleum Corporation, Venezuela, 1936-1938;paleontologist, Standard Oil. Company, Venezuela, 1938-1941;division geologist, Creole Petroleum Corporation, Venezuela, 1941-1949;area geologist, Standard Oil Company. New York City, 1949-1950;with, Carter Oil Corporation, Tulsa, 1950-1960;successively chief geologist exploration manager, director, vice president, Carter Oil Corporation, Tulsa, 1957-1960;vice president for exploration, Exxon Company, United States of America, Houston, 1960-1975;private practice petroleum consultant, since 1975.

Merrill W. Haas distinguished visiting professor geology, 1973.


The longing for holiness is not about wanting to be 'holier than thou'. It is about wanting the love of God to permeate all of our life, and for that love to be shown through our lives to other people.


The state should not attempt to control the church, nor should the church seek to dominate the state. The separation of church and state should not be misconstrued as the abolition of all religious expression from public life.


As human beings people are a part of a cruel and violent and unjust world that feels like it cannot be changed. By accepting forgiveness and liberation, God enables to resist evil and to live life that can make this world a better place.


Fellow Geological Society of America. Member American Association Petroleum Geologists (president 1974-1975, Sidney Powers Memorial medal 1986, trustee 1976-1991, chairman foundation 1989-1991), Tulsa Geological Society, Paleontological Research Institute (president 1973-1975), Houston Geological Society, The Explorers Club, Sigma Gamma Epsilon, Acacia. Clubs: Petroleum. Lodges: Masons.


Married Maria Lara, June 10, 1944. Children: Mariella, Merrill Wilber, Maria Cecilia, Frederick Harold.

Frederick William Haas

Ella (Keller) Haas

Maria Lara

Mariella Haas

Merrill Wilber Haas

Maria Cecilia Haas

Frederick Harold Haas