William C. Corea, Ph.D., age 65, died Sept. 11.
William C. Corea, Ph.D.
Dr. Corea was born on April 15, 1952, to the Rev. Dr. Peter V. Corea and the Rev. M. Alicia Corea of Quincy serving as co-pastors of the Houghs Neck Congregational Church.
He began his education at Milton Academy at the age of 4 in the fall of 1956 and graduated in June 1970 with honors. He entered college in September 1970, graduating with a Bachelor Degree with honors in geological sciences in the Class of 1974. Entering MIT in September 1974, he earned a Master of Science Degree in Earth and planetary sciences in June 1978.
In April 1979, Dr. Corea married Patricia Jean “Patty,” a marriage that lasted until his death. His studies at MIT culminated in a degree of Doctor of Philosophy in 1981 in the field of geology.
In July 1981, Dr. Corea accepted a position with Chevron Oil Field Research Company in the research arm of Standard Oil Company of California in southern California. A series of transfers and promotions led him and Patty to Houston, Texas, and San Ramon, Calif., and a final position as senior staff researcher with Chevron Energy Technology Company. Dr. Corea retired in November 2013.
He joined the Society of Professional Well Log Analysts in 1989 and was elected president of that organization in 1996. He was also elected president of Chevron’s in-house petrophysical conference and served in that position until 2000. Dr. Corea was a member of the American Geophysical Union, Society of Petroleum Engineers, International Association of Sedimentologists and SEMP, the Sedimentological Society. He was elected to full membership in Sigma Xi, the scientific honor society, in 1981.
In 2015, Dr. Corea celebrated 40 years of membership in the American Association of Petroleum Geologist and Geological Society of America. He authored nine patents and traveled throughout the world interpreting oil well data as Chevron’s representative on projects and was credited with recognizing significant producing zones.
Dr. Corea was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on Dec. 1, 2016.
Graveside services will be arranged by Hamel, Wickens & Troupe Funeral Home, 26 Adams St., Quincy, at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to the Houghs Neck Congregational Church, 310 Manet Ave, Quincy, MA 02169.