Distinguished Alumni Award: College of Arts and Sciences

Bruce S. Appelbaum, BS ’69.

Bruce S. Appelbaum, BS ’69 

Bruce Appelbaum is a native Buffalonian whose interest in marine science and geology developed during summers boating on the Niagara River. His studies of deep-water sedimentation during his master’s and doctoral degree work at Texas A&M University matched the emerging field of deep-water oil and natural gas production, and he began a successful career in industry, culminating in being named an officer of Texaco Inc. Appelbaum has served on the boards of directors of the CQS Rig Finance Fund and ION Geophysical, and is a distinguished trustee of the American Geosciences Institute Foundation and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation. His advisory positions have included the Dean’s Advisory Council for UB College of Arts and Sciences and Texas A&M’s Geology and Geophysics Department Advisory Council. He has served several nonprofits, including Child Advocates in Houston, Houston Museum of Science, United Way of New Orleans and the Boy Scouts of America, and is a member of the Baker Institute Roundtable at Rice University.