Remembering Evert Breman
by Bert Manders
Evert (Eef) Breman passed away on June the 20th at the age of 74 after suffering for many years from COPD. He was a well-appreciated PGK-member and organized, as the Excursion Secretary, field trips to the Paris Basin, Bentheim, Biesbosch and Winterswijk around 2001. Evert also presented a lecture on the East Mediterranean geology.
After studying stratigraphy, sedimentology and Spanish at the Free University of Amsterdam and writing a PhD on ostracods in the Adriatic Sea in 1976, Evert was employed by UNDP for several years in Colombia, Bolivia, and Venezuela, mainly in small-scale metal exploration.
Breman returned to his beloved sediments in 1980, when employed by Conoco in London, Cairo, and Houston. After a deep dip in the oil price ended this job, the family returned to the Netherlands in the early nineties. Evert prepared and sold a report on Kazakhstan and started in 1997 at Geo-Logic, which became Fugro later. The last years up to 2011 he worked for Wintershall Noordzee.
During his retirement he kept in touch with geology, the PGK, and other good things. Evert also completed a nice booklet on his BSc fieldwork in Liberia and geological travels in South America.
As a stratigrapher in heart and mind, he excelled in well-correlations and sedimentary environment analyses. His elucidations at an outcrop of the Detfurth Zwischenmittel at Helgoland are legendary. Breman had an eye for details but linked that to a broad geological perspective.
With his healthy humor and sense of reality, we will remember Eef as a fine colleague and a good friend.