Ray Seiple, 1924-2003
The California Geological Survey (CGS) is sad to report that Ray Seiple, former Supervising Geologist and long time employee, passed away Thursday, September 18th, in Carmichael, California. Ray came to CGS from Dames & Moore consultants, where he was a senior manager for many years. Ray brought a wealth of management experience to CGS upon which we continued to draw well into his retirement. The day seemed brighter when you learned that Ray, as a retired annuitant, was going to be back at work for CGS for a while. He was insightful, thoughtful, caring, articulate, interesting, and always professional - someone you looked forward to having a conversation with. Those of us who new Ray considered him truly a gentleman geologist, adding a touch of class to the profession.
Ray's career with CGS spanned many programs, including managing the Environmental Review, Publications, and the Geologic Hazards programs while serving as a Supervising Geologist. After retiring, he continued to be active in the local chapters of the Association of Engineering Geologists and the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers. He returned to CGS briefly as Acting Principal Geologist. Perhaps not as well known was his recent role as a military hospital ship historian, having served on the USAHS Thistle during WWII. His interest led to the establishment of a prominent website on the subject.
We will all miss Ray, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.