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Early Years and Education
Logan Louis Urban was born October 8, 1937 in Rush Springs, Oklahoma. He grew up in Rush Springs alongside his older brother James Bartel Urban. He pursed a Master’s of Science that he received in 1965 from the “L. R. Wilson school of palynology” at the University of Oklahoma. Logan Urban was a geologist, known for his work on palynology especially with petroleum companies.
Logan Urban’s Thesis and Related Publications
Urban, Logan L., 1965. Palynology of the Drywood and Bluejacket Coals (Pennsylvanian) of Oklahoma: Norman, Oklahoma, United States, University of Oklahoma, M.S. (Masters), 82 p. [SNOMNH_Pbot-00000324]
For the complete list of Logan Urban’s publications see our compiled bibliography.
Logan’s research primarily focused on palynology and how it can help with the search for fossil fuels.
Logan Urban published some articles, reports and abstracts over the course of his career. Some of Logan’s more noteworthy contributions within those publications involve the palynology of the Drywood and Bluejacket Coals of Oklahoma. For the complete list of Logan L. Urban’s publications see our compiled bibliography.
In 1966, Logan accepted the position of palynological supervisor at Phillips Petroleum in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, United States. Logan Urban was promoted at Phillips to senior exploration geologist in 1977, however this transferred him to Bogota, Columbia. While being a senior exploration geologist for Phillips required travel and the willingness to go where the company needed him, in 1980 Logan Urban was transferred to Miami, Florida. Being a senior exploration geologist for Phillips required travel and the willingness to go wherever the company needed him, and Logan missed “home.” Therefore in 1981, he returned to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, United States where he started his own company to drill and produce oil wells throughout Northeast Oklahoma called United Energy Development.
Organizations and Affiliations
Throughout his career, Logan L. Urban remained active in numerous scientific and professional organizations, attending as many meetings as he could. He was a founding member of the American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists.
Organizations he was involved with or supported included the American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists.
Non-career Interests and Activities
However, Logan was more than just a scientist, as seen from the following observations, which are gleaned from various sources, including reminiscences of those who knew him. Logan also enjoyed quail hunting.
Logan pursued non-academic interests as well. Partially due to travel needed for work he developed a love for travel, therefore he traveled extensively visiting as many continents as he could.
Logan married J. Irene Urban in 1962, and the couple had two children.
In 1994 he married his second wife, Linda Gale (Batman) Urban. It is said that Gale and Logan enjoyed traveling together, and raised Brittany bird dogs.
Logan L. Urban’s Legacy
While Logan L. Urban may have died in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on March 4, 2004, his scientific contributions and reputation earned him an impactful and lasting legacy.
References on Logan L. Urban’s Life
2004. Tulsa World: Deaths: Logan L. Urban. URL: http://www.tulsaworld.com/archives/deaths/article_86afbea1-da33-5a37-bd8a-91ca13cc6b22.html [SNOMNH_Pbot-00000000]
Whitaker, Phil and Whitaker, Donna (Stricklan), 2015. Find a Grave Logan Louis Urban, URL: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/146757670/logan-louis-urban [SNOMNH_Pbot-00000000]