Jack Riddell received a Distinguished Service Award from the Professional Geologists of Indiana at their recent meeting in Indianapolis.
He is a 1947 graduate of Brazil High School, served four years in the Air Force, and graduated in 1956 with a degree in Geology from Indiana University in Bloomington.
He began his career as a geologist in Texas where he was involved in oil exploration projects in South Texas and on the Upper Gulf Coast.
A native Hoosier, he returned to Indiana to work as an Independent Petroleum Geologist in the Tri-State area of the Illinois Basin, which includes portions of Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky. He has served, as president of the Indiana-Kentucky Geological Society, is a member of and certified by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and served on their House of Delegates.
His parents, Ralph and Nellie Riddell, were longtime residents of Brazil. Riddell and his wife live in Griffin, Indiana and have two children and two grandchildren.
He remains active in oil exploration.