Petroleum Engineering – 1947
Jesse L. George, Jr. was born in an oil field camp south of Breckenridge, Texas. He began his long and distinguished career of service to the oil and gas Industry as a roustabout for The Texas Company, later to become Texaco. With Texaco’s help, he entered Texas Tech in 1939 to study Petroleum Engineering. His education was interrupted by World War II, during which he served in the U.S. Air Force in Europe and was awarded the Bronze Star and the ETO ribbon with five battle stars. George cites the encouragement of Dean 0. V. Adams in his decision to complete his education after the war: In 1947, he received his B.S. in Petroleum Engineering with a geology option.
At present, Mr. George is president and chairman of the board of Deminex U.S. Oil Company and Jet Oil Company. Previous positions include engineer and geologist with Sohio Petroleum Company (1947–1955); manager, Rutherford Oil Company (1955–1964); vice president – general manager, Newmont Oil Company (1964–1975); and president and chairman of the board, Williams Natural Gas, Louisiana Resources Company, and Williams Exploration Company (1975–1982).
Mr. George has been active in many civic and professional organizations. He has served as mayor of Bunker Hill City, Texas; chairman of the Houston Institute for Cancer Research, Detection and Treatment; president of the Geological Societies in Houston and Lafayette, Louisiana. He has been a contributing member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, American Petroleum institute, and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
For the past 10 years, Mr. George has also been a leader in the Energy Advocates, a small group of oil and gas industry executives who travel statewide and abroad speaking to congressmen, civic organizations, at energy conferences, and to the media about energy concerns and free enterprise in this country.
The College is very proud to bestow the award of DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER upon Jesse L. George, Jr.