Fund Descriptions

Alberto Terrones L. Fund

The SEG Foundation received a generous gift from Richard V. and Anne Wyman, of Boulder City, Nevada, to establish the Alberto Terrones L. Fund to honor and recognize the memory of this extraordinary geologist. Terrones, a distinguished economic geologist, SEG Fellow, and SEG Regional Vice President - North America, was born in Durango, Mexico, received an M.Sc. degree in geology from the Universidad Nacional de Mexico, and later came to the United States on a two-year Inter-American Trade scholarship where he further developed and flourished in his career.

Terrones specialized in the Latin America regions. He then spent 10 years at Cerro de Pasco, Peru, first as a mine geologist, then as exploration chief. Upon returning to Mexico, he worked for the Cananea Consolidated Copper Company (prior to its Mexicanization) and then embarked on an illustrious career as an international consultant. He was also general manager of exploration for Homestake Mining Company in Mexico. While Terrones was at Cerro de Pasco, Dick Wyman, following receipt of an M.Sc. degree from the University of Michigan and a short stint as a field geologist with New Jersey Zinc Co., joined the Cerro de Pasco mine geology staff, and thus began a life-long friendship and close professional association between the two. Wyman returned to the United States, established his own exploration company, and also earned a Ph.D. degree from the University of Arizona. He operated precious metal mines at Virginia City and Nelson, Nevada. Dick joined the faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, specializing in economic geology, engineering geology and civil engineering. He is the author of numerous technical articles on precious metal and uranium geology, radioactive waste management and environmental geology.

Richard V. and Anne Wyman established the Alberto Terrones L. Fund specifically to support Latin American countries, especially Mexico and Peru, who they know would benefit from training in the United States or Canada. The Wymans, wishing to give something back to the profession that provided them with a lifetime of interesting work on behalf of Terrones.

The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support to students from Mexico, Peru, and other Latin American countries to pursue graduate studies leading to an M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree at universities in the U.S.A. or Canada. The grants given under this program may be used to defray tuition costs and university fees, to support thesis research, or for any other bona fide expense directly related to pursuing a graduate study program in applied economic geology or geological engineering while enrolled as a graduate student at an M.Sc.- or Ph.D.-granting university. Alternatively, the fund may provide financial support for Latin American students to attend SEG educational events such as short courses, workshops, field trips, and conferences.

Encouraging the global diversity of our economic geologists in an ever changing industry is vital to discovery. Please support Latin American students in memory of Terrones.