Dr. Gus K. Eifler Jr.

Gus K. Eifler Jr., 95, born in Taylor, Texas on February 14, 1908, passed away April 18, 2003 in Austin, Texas. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 23 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Austin following a private family burial service.

Gus was preceded in death by his parents, Beatrice Mileham and Gus Kearney Eifler Sr., his sister, Julia Mae Eifler Smith and his beloved wife of 59 years, Essie Mae Wentworth Eifler.

As a child, Gus and his family moved to Austin where he attended Austin public schools and graduated from Austin High School in 1925. He attended The University of Texas receiving his BA in 1929 and his MA in 1930. Gus was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi and Sigma Gamma Epsilon as well as Pi Kappa Alpha social fraternity.

In 1941, Gus received his Ph.D. in Geology from Yale University where he was a Teaching Fellow. Gus was a professor of Geology at The University of Texas for many years before beginning a private geological consulting business. He later worked for UT's Bureau of Economic Geology contributing extensively to the Geologic Atlas of Texas. He authored many articles in professional publications and held memberships in The Geological Society of America, The American Geological Union and AAPG.

Gus served as a Captain in the United States Army Air Force during the Second World War. He was a bombing instructor and considered an expert on the Norden Bomb Sight. Other memberships include The Bachelor's Club of Austin where he was a past president, The Headliner's Club and The Coronet Club of Austin. Gus was a life-long member of the First Baptist Church and a charter member of the Men's Sunday School class.

A loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, Gus is survived by his sons, Gus Kearney and wife Jane of Houston and Clayton Wentworth and wife Lynane of San Antonio; grandchildren, Robert, Campbell, Kris, Kevin and wife Cathryn, and Sean; and one great-grandchild, Kaycie May.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Austin, 901 Trinity St., Austin, TX 78701 or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar, Austin, TX 78705 (512) 452-8811.