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Enoch L. Dawkins

Enoch L. Dawkins

Distinguished Engineer



Petroleum Engineering – 1960



At Time of Nomination in 2001

Enoch L. Dawkins paid his tuition by working nights for Halliburton Company in Brownfield Texas and attended classes during the day. He not only achieved good grades, but also was a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and served as President of Pi Epsilon Tau, the honorary petroleum engineering fraternity. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1960.

After graduation he took a job as a drilling engineer with The California Company. In 1964 he joined the Ocean Drilling and Exploration Company and has held numerous management positions in the United States and foreign areas. In 1991, he became the President of Murphy Exploration and Production Company’s world wide upstream operations, based in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Mr. Dawkins is a member of the Louisiana Mid–Continent Oil and Gas Association and the National Ocean Industries Association. He currently serves on the board of directors of both organizations and serves as a member of the executive committee for the National Ocean Industries Association. He is a member of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Wetlands Coalition, and the American Petroleum Institute, where he is currently a member of the Upstream Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Murphy Oil Canada, Ltd. During his tenure overseas, he served on the boards of the Stavanager, Norway American School and the American School of The Hague, Holland.

He currently serves as a member and Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Business for Higher Education of the University of New Orleans, and as a member of the Executive Committee. He is an active supporter of the United Way for the Greater New Orleans area and has served for the past two years as Chairman of the Petroleum and Marine Services Division. He is a member of the Texas Tech Century Club, and in the year 2000 was inducted into the Texas Tech Academy of Petroleum Engineers.

He and his wife, the former Wraye Frances Short of Lovington, New Mexico, have two daughters, Roni R. Carter and Jennifer L. Dixon. They are also proud grandparents of six granddaughters and two grandsons.

Texas Tech University is honored and proud to name Enoch L. Dawkins as DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.

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