WILLIAM WELDON HAMBLETON, 91, died Thursday, October 4, 2012, in Lawrence, Kansas, following a prolonged illness.
Bill was born in Lancaster, PA, the son of Harry C. Hambleton and Ella M. Hambleton. He graduated from McCaskey High School in 1939 and from Franklin and Marshall College in 1943 with a major in chemistry. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served in the Army Specialized Training Program at Lafayette College and in the 84th Infantry Division in the European Theatre. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for valor.
He and his wife, the former Nancy Jane Schnelli of Lancaster, recently celebrated 66 years of marriage. He earned his MS degree in geology from Northwestern University in 1947 and a Ph.D in geology with a minor in physics from the University of Kansas in 1951, where he had a Shell Fellowship. His career at the University of Kansas began as an instructor in 1948 and ended with his retirement as Emeritus Professor of Geology and Geophysics in 1987. KU dedicated Hambleton Hall in his honor as the new Geology Center in 1987. He was awarded the Haworth Distinguished Graduate and Alumni Award and the first Phoenix Award for Volunteer in the Arts. He was an active enthusiast and participant in theatre, arts, university, church and community activities.
He was Emeritus Director of the Kansas Geological Survey and served as Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Dean of Faculties. He was also employed by the Pennsylvania Geological Survey, the U.S. Bureau of Mines Surface Chemistry Lab in Oklahoma and Chevron Geophysical Company in Louisiana. He served as consultant to Batelle Memorial Institute of Office of Waste Isolation and was a visiting scientist at Lamonte Geological Observatory at Columbia University.
At the state and federal level, he served as the Governor’s representative and Vice-Chair for the Interstate Oil Compact Commission, member of the Executive Advisory Committee to the Federal Power Commission, the Executive Office of President Carter on Energy, the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and the National Academy of Sciences on the disposal in salt. He was the energy advisor to Governors Docking and Bennett. Other directorships he held included the Kansas Energy Office, Kansas Nuclear Energy Council, Pesticide Control board, Kansas Water Authority, Kansas Association of Commerce and Industry Executive Committee and the Central States Radioactive Waste Compact Commission
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Ann Louise Klee and husband Kevin of Chewalah WA, a son Jeffrey Craig and wife Nancy, two grandsons, John Hambleton and Sam Hambleton of Lawrence, KS, and a sister, Joan Hambleton Pollock of Millersville, PA. He was predeceased by three sisters, Mary E. Hambleton Herr, Eleanor Hambleton Swab, Sarah Hambleton Krimmel, and a brother, Henry Moore Hambleton.