Petroleum Engineering – 1958
Charles Robert Black entered Texas Tech University from Abilene High School in 1953 and earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1958. He joined Texaco, Incorporated, as a field engineer in Hobbs, New Mexico.
Subsequent appointments took him to a variety of Texas locations as he moved up to reservoir engineer, division proration engineer, division unitization engineer, district and finally senior engineer in Houston in 1967. The following year he was made assistant to the division gas manager in New Orleans and then assistant to the general manager of the Supply and Distribution Department in New York. He became coordinator, Crude Oil, Supply and Distribution Department, in 1971 and three years later was named assistant to a vice president of the Production Department. In 1976, he was made manager of Middle East Operations for Texaco in New York and the following year was made president and general manager of Texaco Iran Limited in London. He is a director of that company and of Iranian Oil Participants Limited and Iranian Oil Services Limited.
During his distinguished career, Robert Black served eight years in the United States Naval Reserve and continued active service in church and civic affairs, working both with young people and with adults for the betterment of the communities in which he lived. He was a Saddle Tramp at Texas Tech University, active in social and honor societies, and he has retained an active interest in his alma mater. In 1979, Charles Robert Black was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas Tech.
It is in recognition of his accomplishments and with great pride that Texas Tech University designates Charles Robert Black: DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.