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H. Alan Nelson

Distinguished Engineer: 1979

Degree: Petroleum Engineering – 1947

Citation at Time of Nomination in 1979

A native of Ralls, Texas, Homer Alan Nelson graduated from Texas Tech in 1947 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering.

After seven years of service to Amoco Production Company in the Oklahoma area, Mr. Nelson embarked on a career in 1954, which eventually led him toward independent ownership of his own petroleum company. Involved, for a short while, in the formation of an independent consulting firm, he joined the Blackwell Oil and Gas Company in 1955 as director of technical operations.

In 1961, the Calvert Exploration Company acquired Blackwell and Mr. Nelson was appointed vice president of the organization. He later advanced to executive vice president and then president of Calvert before retiring in 1974 to form the Nelson Petroleum Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

As an independent business man, Mr. Nelson has capitalized upon his abilities by assuming technical responsibility and in arranging financing and marketing programs for the geological studies and drilling operations undertaken by his company. Thriving on challenge, he has steered his organization onto a path of profitable operations and increasing production.

Mr. Nelson has given freely of his time to a number of professional organizations. Most outstanding of these activities has been his service to the Independent Petroleum Association of America as a member of the Executive Committee, and chairman of the Association’s Oil Recovery and Research Committees. He is a former board member of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and a member of the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association, the Midcontinent Oil and Gas Association and the North Texas Oil and Gas Association.

He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Oklahoma and Texas and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Petroleum Institute.

A dedicated family man, Mr. Nelson’s major civic activities have been centered around those organizations in which his children have participated. Among them have been the Boy Scouts of America, the YMCA’s Indian Guides, and the Junior Achievement Program.

Reinforcing his family life and career through church participation, Mr. Nelson has served the Boston Avenue Methodist Church in Tulsa as a member of the Official Board and of the Executive Committee.

The complete list of Mr. Nelson’s contributions to his profession, his community, and his church is much too long to be fully enumerated. For these and for the honor he has brought to his alma mater, it is with pleasure that the College of Engineering bestows upon Homer Alan Nelson the title of DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.

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