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Howard H. Hinson

Howard H. Hinson

Distinguished Engineer



Geological Engineering – 1934



At Time of Nomination in 1975

Howard H. Hinson, born 1913 in Fletcher, Oklahoma, received the B.S. degree in Geological Engineering in 1934 and the M.S. Degree in Geology in 1947 from Texas Tech University.

Joining the United States Bureau of Mines in Amarillo in 1936, Mr. Hinson rose to a position of second–in–charge of all its helium activities. In 1948, he became chief production research engineer with Continental Oil Company, in Ponca City, Oklahoma, for whom in 1950 he became assistant manager of production; and, in 1952, regional general manager, in Fort Worth, Texas. In 1953, he was named vice president of exploration worldwide, in Houston, Texas, which led to his receiving the assignment of vice president and general manager, foreign, in New York City.

In 1958, Mr. Hinson was named vice president, director and member of the Management Executive Committee, New York, for Continental Oil Company.

In 1966, having been granted early retirement, he opened an office as an international petroleum consultant in Houston, Texas. He then became president and director of Imperial–American Management Company. Then after accepting a consulting position with the Dallas–based Texas Pacific Oil Company, he became that company’s president and chief executive officer.

Mr. Hinson is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, American Petroleum Institute, Independent Producer Association of America, and Mid–Continent Oil and Gas Association. He is listed in Who’s Who in America, in American Men of Science, and in International Businessmen’s Who’s Who, and the International Year Book and Statesman’s Who’s Who, the last two being English publications.

For his international leadership in the fields of geological engineering, Texas Tech University is proud to identify Mr. Hinson as: DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.

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