RICHARD PAUL "DICK" ZINGULA, Ph.D. is one of those very rare persons, who derive joy out of giving to others, rather than receiving. He is also a person who doesn't like "puffed up chest type" of information about himself. We call him Dr. Zingula, but he prefers to be called "Dick" Zingula, so we will herein, meet his request.
Dick was born on May 31, 1929 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He grew up on an Iowa farm.
He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from Iowa State University in 1951, a Master of Science in Geology from Louisiana State University in 1953 and a Ph.D. in Geology from LSU in 1958.
Dick worked as a geologist/Paleontologist for the old Humble Oil Company until it was taken over by Exxon and then continued working for Exxon, retiring in 1986.
Houston Gem & Mineral Society (HGMS herein) is in his debt for his years of teaching 6 to 8 week courses, yearly from 1969 through 1988 except for a couple of years when he was in Canada. He is a most effective speaker and certainly one of the HGMS's most knowledgeable instructors over the years.
In addition to teaching Geology and Paleontology at HGMS-Paleo Section and other places, Dick is also an avid scuba diver and has led trips to dive. Dick also says in addition to scuba diving another avocation he enjoys is yard work.
Although Dick Zingula is not a formal member of HGMS, he is probably considered by many of us as one of our MVPs (most valuable Paleontologists).
I'm sure that the Proctor Museum of Natural Science and the HGMS are not the only groups who feel they owe Dick Zingula a deep debt of gratitude for his selflessness in teaching so many of us, so many things about science, geology and Paleontology.