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David Hooks (ARCO O&G 1985-1992, ARCO International 1992-1996) has recently completed renovation of a 1937 Sinclair gas station in Henrietta, Texas. After leaving ARCO in 1996, Hooks spent 25 years with DeGolyer & MacNaughton in Dallas, Texas. After purchasing some property in 2009 near Henrietta, the Hooks started acquiring and renovating buildings in Henrietta. The third and fourth buildings happened to be a 1937 Sinclair station and an associated oil distribution building.
A number of years were required to purchase the Sinclair buildings, but eventually the family decided the time was right to sell and then the work began. The buildings had been previously used as an inspection station and a beauty parlor, and had fallen into advanced states of disrepair over the years. Virtually every window and door had been covered or bricked over and were all restored and refitted. Each building was demoed, then new plumbing, electrical, insulation and HVAC installed. The exterior of the buildings had been painted completely over, requiring both to be pressure washed to remove the brown paint. The original Sinclair green tiles that were broken or missing were replaced, the original tile roof was replaced, and the original bright white exterior repainted. Porcelain signs duplicating the 1937 signs were commissioned and installed in the original locations. This website shares the progress made as the buildings were cleaned up and repurposed.
Eventually, the two buildings will be transformed into some sort of coffee shop and/or retail establishment, but currently they are used as meeting venues. The area between the two buildings is being closed in, with both ends of the enclosure designed to be opened to let air circulate on nice days.
Restoring the Sinclair was a challenging and rewarding project- the buildings are such recognizable architectural examples of the 1930’s Sinclair stations they deserve to be returned to their original state. While the Sinclair is almost complete, Hooks has already begun work on another station- a 1930’s Texaco across the street.
We happened to end up renovating a 1937 Sinclair station - David Hooks
The broken or missing green Sinclair tiles were replaced - David Hooks
Energy Alumni gatherings started in Houston this year after the Anchorage winter lunch closed out 2022. Then came a record turnout at O'Malley's in August followed by a chance to network in San Antonio where SPE ATCE was hosted. The idea for the SPE happy hour was a result of learning that Terry Palisch is the fourth ARCO legacy employee to lead the organization. “I am excited to carry on the legacy of the multiple SPE Presidents who are ARCO Alumni…a testament to the company,” said Terry. Terry and his wife, Sandy, also an ARCO alumnus, live in Dallas.
Outgoing SPE President and Chevron Emeritus Med Kamal welcomed incoming President Terry Palisch, Carbo Ceramics during an auspicious week. "This week we saw record output in the US," shared Med at the Energy Alumni happy hour. Also at the networking happy hour were Gerardo Cedillo and Vivek Peraser who learned about Energy Alumni from Rana ElGhonimy. All three of the BP Alalska alumni are now working for BP in Houston. Thank you, Rana, for spreading the word! Search the website, and if you find someone who is in the industry andd not yet a member, spread the word - we have events in Anchorage, Dallas, Houston, The Woodlands and other locations. Even if you can't make an event, joining this community will keep you connected through the newsletter and by logging on and seeing who has updated their profile.
Alaska residents at the Energy Alumni happy hour in San Antonio included Chantal and Tom Walsh, PRA; Andy Bond, Santos and his wife Lori and David Lachance who flew from Anchorage to San Antonio to see a friend receiving an award at one of the programs. David was able to catch up with BP Alaska friends who had left Anchorage for Houston and other places and were attending SPE ATCE.
Other Alaska alums included Scott and Kim Smith who departed for the US in 1994 and made it as far as Calgary where they have since called home. They shared some good laughs with Keith Lynch who recently watched a video of Scott roasting Keith when he left Alaska in 1992. Kemp and Janet Copeland are neighbors of Susan and Keith Lynch. They live outside of San Antonio in Boerne, Texas. Also living in Boerne is Larry Parnell, who has been running a family business and shared that three of his children attended University in the UK - "it costs less and the quality of students is high" shared Larry.
Renewables were also a topic of conversation, including by the lunch speaker on Monday. Tom Walker relocated from Denver to The Woodlands with Occidental Petroleum, who are working on a Carbon Removal Credit Purchase, invested in by Amazon and the US government in a bid to be carbon neutral by 2040.
William Cobb, an ARCO Alumnus and a past SPE President, gave a moving speech at an SPE lunch where he shared the reasons he gives back. "When I was a boy I was more interested in receiving, but now I am happy to give back, and SPE played an important role in my career development."
Pictured are ARCO alums who were SPE Presidents Med Kamal, Janeen Judah, now the Foundation President for 2024, and current SPE President Terry Palisch.
We are sorry to share that the following ARCO Alumni have passed away.
ARCO British Limited employee, Adrian Turner, Commercial Director, died on Wednesday 31st January, 2024. He leaves two children. Adrian was with ABL for many years and also worked in Los Angeles for a few years. After ABL, Adrian worked for ATP in Guildford, Surrey. His funeral will be in Exeter, England on Friday 23rd February, 2024.
Joseph Schmidt passed away on December 21.
Charles Gordon Lindberg passed away on December 2.
Bill Mann, 1935 - November 22, 2023
Bill was Director of Oil Revenue Accounting. His memorial service will be at 2:00 pm on Saturday, 1/20/24 at the Arapaho Methodist Church in Richardson. Here’s a link to his obituary.
Rebel Calhoun 1952 - 2023
Rebel began her career in oil and gas accounting with ARCO in Houston and then Dallas. After 13 years, she left to serve as President of the Women's Center of Dallas. Rebel then broke into the technology sector in sales roles for a variety of companies, culminating with 13 years at AT&T. She retired this summer. Exceedingly active in the Dallas community, Rebel had a particular passion for uplifting women and girls. She served on the boards of the Texas Women's Foundation, the Women's Center of Dallas, and Reading & Radio Resource. She also supported the Women's Issues Network, TexProtects, and City Church. For over a decade, Rebel was the "Madeline" character in the Dallas Children's Medical Center holiday parade. She was a longtime member of the Dallas 40, the Dallas Friday Group, and a graduate of Leadership Texas in 1985. She was a mentor to dozens of young women and, in 2010, Rebel was honored with the Texas Women's Foundation "Women Helping Women" Maura Award. Rebel was an avid reader, athlete, and a true lover of animals having many rescued pets. Most of all, she had fun with friends and graciously entertained at her home and Cedar Creek lake house. A celebration of life is planned for January 2024 in Dallas. Details will be posted on Rebel's Facebook. Donations in her memory can be directed to the United Way of Dallas in honor of Lynn Fiscus, Texas Paw Prints, and the Texas Women's Foundation. Read the full obituary.
Robert "Bob" Iden died May 29 at home in Anchorage, surrounded by family. He was 82.
Bob was born in Staffordshire, England. During the war, he rode the train to Wales with his siblings, Bridget and Nick, and his mother Joy, to wait out the German air raids on a farm. His father remained behind as part of the Royal Air Force barrage balloon brigade. After the war, the family settled in southeast England, New Forest district. As a boy, he attended Brockhurst, a boy's boarding school, where he ran track and played soccer. He went on to obtain his bachelor's degree at University of London, Imperial College, Royal School of Mines. He came to the United States on a graduate scholarship to study petroleum engineering at Penn State. After graduating, he took a job in Anchorage with Shell Oil Company and was then hired by ARCO Alaska in 1970, at the beginning of the oil boom.
Bob worked in oil development and exploration in Cook Inlet and then took on the responsibility for the reservoir engineering aspects of the development and management of the Prudhoe Bay project. He became a vice president at ARCO in 1991. He retired in 1995 at age 54.
Bob was an avid fisherman, floating and fishing the Kanektok and Goodnews Rivers in Western Alaska, dip-netting salmon on the Copper River, and fishing the Kenai for more than 40 seasons. He was an inherent naturalist who keenly observed plants, birds, and wildlife, photographing and cataloging all the beauty he saw. He could often be found hiking, biking, or birding.
Donations in his memory can be sent to The Selkregg Community Engagement and Service Learning Award, University of Alaska Anchorage, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage 99508. Checks may be made to UA Foundation, noting the Selkregg Award or people may donate online at: https://engage.alaska.edu/uaa/give-now.
Robert Stephen Molina - December 3, 1947 - April 2, 2023
Bill Keffer shared that Steve was his former boss in the Dallas Legal Department. "Steve was a big personality and an important person in my career," said Bill.
Delores (Dee) Hinkle - May 31, 1953 - March 14, 2023
During her 38-year oil industry career, Dee worked in various production and reservoir positions for Sun, ARCO and Marathon in Oklahoma, Alaska, Wyoming, and Texas. She retired in 2013 as Marathon Oil’s Director of Corporate Reserves.
Dee was active in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) during her career and retirement. She was Chair of the SPE’s Oil and Gas Reserves Committee, participated in the development of SPE’s Petroleum Resource Management System, served as the Bureau Vice Chair of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s Ad Hoc Group of Experts, and was a Technical Editor for the Oil and Gas Journal. She received SPE’s Gulf Coast Section Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award and was awarded SPE’s Distinguished Member Award at the Amsterdam Convention.
Allan L. Comstock passed away March 1, 2023, at his lakeside home (Westlake Village, CA), after his long battle with cancer. At the end of his 79 fulfilling years, Allan was surrounded by the ones he loved. Allan's professional career began and ended with ARCO. In a career spanning over 30 years, Allan moved through the ranks of ARCO to become the Vice President and Controller.
David Boyer passed away February 23, 2023. A celebration of life was held at the Alaska Geological Materials Center on April 2. Remembrances included a number of friends and colleauges. Here are several:
"I knew Dave from working at ARCO in Denver, as well as in Anchorage, and know Dom, also. I haven’t been back to Anchorage since we moved to the Lower 48 in 2004. Dave
was a good person and a good geologist, whom I respected. (Becky Watson, colleague from ARCO)
"Dave was THE BEST Niakuk well-site geologist during bp's drilling during the early-mid90's; we always asked for Dave! We were in the same noontime workout class at the BP Fitness Center-he had a positive attitude about exercise and it was always good to see him there! Interactions with him on AOGCC matters were always straightforward and fact based, reflective of the professional that he was. (Bill Bredar, work colleague, fellow geologist)
"I had the pleasure to work with Dave for a few years in 2011/12 .... Dave was a key part of our Lisburne reservoir management team while working for BP .... Very complex rocks and Dave was the guy we asked to describe them in detail... Dave spent countless hours with a microscope and was always our go to guy with detailed questions about carbonates! Always courteous, always friendly, patient, dedicated, and driven to help our team progress the development of the Lisburne reservoir... a great geologist and a valued member of our team! (Bob Jennings, former colleague)
John K. Deavenport passed away on July 17, 2022 after surviving 14 years with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. John worked for ARCO from 1976, enjoying his time in Anchorage and Prudhoe Bay, and transitioned to BP in Houston and retired in 2008. Read his obituary
GeoInteriors has kept many of us ARCO-ites connected - Galen Treadgold
With a master of arts in Geology and Geosciences, Galen Treadgold’s path has been a rocky one - in the best sense of the word. He and his fellow ARCOites, many of them geologists, can’t get enough of rocks. For Galen, that passion led to GeoInteriors, a company he created which has provided charities with $400,000 in funding, all thanks to not just a pile, but many pallets of rocks. Pictured are Galen and ARCO colleague Jeremy Greene when they donated a big rock to the University of Texas.
Galen was at ARCO from 1985 to 2000. He is currently the Managing Director of the Houston office of AMNI International Petroleum Resources, which is a support company for AMNI International Petroleum. With acreage in Nigeria and Ghana and a number of new venture opportunities in West Africa, there are 25 people working with Galen in Houston. “It is a hot spot in a lot of ways,” laughed Galen. The company is prospecting not far from wells that were once ARCO properties in Ghana, and Galen knows people who were with ARCO 40 years ago working that acreage. “We have had nice successes in West Africa, including doubling the reserves on acreage we bought from Chevron.”
I shipped 10,000 pounds of amethyst and quartz from Rio - Galen Treadgold
Between ARCO and AMNI, Galen was in charge of Trinidad, Venezuela and Brazil, where Petrobas was the partner. “They could never get budgets to travel to the committee meetings so I went to Rio de Janeiro for budget approval,” said Galen. “My first trip down there, I asked fellow geologist and ARCO alumnus Steve Sinclair what I could do in Rio besides go to the beach. He told me about a rock shop and the next thing I know, I made a deal with the family who owned the shop to ship back 10,000 pounds of amethyst and quartz knowing fellow geologists would be interested. I sold it out of my garage to fellow ARCO-ites and others.”
This business trip soon led to GeoInteriors being formed, and Galen was flying to Rio for rock purchases. “My wife was working for American Airlines so I could fly down in a first class seat for almost nothing. I would fly overnight, land, shop all day and fly back that night. The model I created for the process was taking the costs of the trip and the cost of the rocks and distributing the cost with a markup but anyone buying the rock would contribute 10% of their purchase to the chosen charity.” From Alzheimers, SPCA to Wounded Warriors, a different charity is chosen each year. Galen and his friends were soon renting warehouse space, gathering for breakfast and spending three weekends in a row unpacking pallets, sorting and shipping the rocks.
“We did this once a year so it was a great chance to get together with people we otherwise would not see,” said Galen.
With no advertising, no credit card transactions,and just $200 a month storage costs, there is very little overhead.
The mailing list has grown to 1,400 individuals, and the venture has taken on a life of its own. From lamps, bowls, cathedrals, sea urchins, petrified wood and fossils, the offerings are very diverse and interest remains strong.
Giant crates and pallets is a brutal process, and Galen is looking to scale back the workload. Transitioning from Brazil to rock shows in Denver and Tucson, the excitement of mineral, gems and fossil shows, makes scaling back easier said than done, but Galen has a grandchild and other activities he is enjoying to help ease the transition.
Pictured are the core team, Curtis Conrad, Galen and Steve Sinclair.
ARCO and BP alumnus John Kurz joined Alyeska Pipeline in April of this year as the President and Chief Executive Officer.
“It’s exciting to be back working in Alaska and heading up Alyeska, an iconic Alaskan company,” John said. “Leading an organization and team of this significance is a tremendous responsibility and honor. And who would have predicted that I would do a third tour here? My three tours were actually with three different companies: ARCO, where I started my career in Anchorage in the 80’s working successively on the Prudhoe Bay, Lisburne, and Kuparuk fields; BP in the mid-2000’s heading up Operations for Prudhoe Bay; and now Alyeska."
John met and married his spouse, Cheryl (also an ARCO employee), in Anchorage, all three of his children were born here, and he holds a Master of Science Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Alaska.
It’s exciting to be back working in Alaska and heading up Alyeska, an iconic Alaskan company - John Kurz
“We certainly have strong connections here,” John said. “After living and working overseas for so long, it has been special to reconnect with family and friends since we have been back. Our three children and their partners already visited in July, where we spent time on the Kenai Peninsula slaying reds, sea kayaking, hiking, and camping. With 75 family and friends joining, we also celebrated the 50 year anniversary of Cheryl’s family owning homestead property just outside Soldotna.”
Prior to joining Alyeska Pipeline, John was on the other side of the world with Australian-based Oil Search/Santos. The company’s Chief Operating Officer, John was involved in oil and gas developments in Papua New Guinea – oil fields that have been around for decades, and a 2-train LNG project sanctioned about 10 years ago. “A 2-train expansion is working through engineering and commercial negotiations,” he said. “I was responsible for all PNG operating activities except major projects. The PNG operations have many of the same issues you’d experience in any operation, so I was able to use my experience in Alaska and elsewhere to address the challenges and opportunities. Moreover, the Papua New Guineans are just wonderful people, and I really enjoyed working with them and helping them develop into a high performance organization. That’s the most rewarding part of the job,” said John.
John shares that he has been fortunate in his career. “I have had some really great opportunities,” he said. “I worked in Indonesia for 6 years, Egypt for 2, Azerbaijan for 7, and lived in Dubai while working in Iraq. Cheryl has traveled the globe with me and we are both thrilled to be back in Anchorage. Prior to University the kids went with us, so they are true third culture kids. The travel bug has also bit us all — Madison, our oldest, has the family lead at about 55 countries. It has been a wonderful experience for all of us for sure,” said John.
It has been special to reconnect with family and friends since we came back - John Kurz