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Advancial Federal Credit Union, with whom many ARCO Alumni continue their long relationship, has opened a new branch on 36th Street in midtown Anchorage. This new branch, designed with the Advancial colors, is bright and welcoming. Whether you visit the branch for some financial services, to say hello, or because you are interested in job opportunities, they invite you to stop in.
















Amanda joined us at the recent Energy Alumni event at O'Malley's on July 21 and we thank her and Advancial for their support and services. Many alumni have been Advancial members for up to 35 years.

We had our largest gathering to date at O'Malley's in Anchorage. A combined event with ARCO and BP Alaska Alumni, we ranged in age from under a year old to, oh maybe our 40s??!! Friends gathered for drinks, appetizers and a good time. Door prize winners were Jenny Sutton, BP Alaska, Diane Carson, ARCO, Rysa Locke, BP Alaska and Linda Petrie, ARCO.


Great event, once again, and the turnout was tremendous!;- Tom Walsh, President, PRA and sponsor

Out of towners included Russ Bone, who was in town teaching a gas injection class at COP. Pat and Ken Thompson, Kirk Barker and Louise Osborn continue spending summers in Anchorage and wintering 'down under'. Sponsors PRA were represented by Tom and Chantal Walsh and Patricia Lobel. ConocoPhillips has a number of ARCO alumni working in Anchorage including Jed Chamberlain, Kathy Godsey, Paula Harris, and Eric Pierson who was there with wife Bobbi, Anca Paskvan who is married to Frank who is now consulting. Santos was represented by Bruce Dingeman and Mark Ireland.

After 19 years working for ARCO in Plano, primarily supporting Alaska gas injection projects, Russ Bone went to work for Phillips 66 (now ConocoPhillips) at their research labs in Bartlesville. "In 2016 they shut down the upstream labs and I was laid off with the rest of the group," said Russ. "I then worked for two years for the start-up company that bought the lab equipment, Premier Oilfield Laboratories. Premier also bought NSI, the frac modeling company that Carl Montgomery works for, so I officed in Tulsa with them. While working for Premier, I was doing a lot of consulting for ConocoPhillips, so they made me an offer to come back part-time and I took it.  I am now mentoring the next generation at COP, especially about PVT and gas injection.  As luck would have it, I will be teaching an EOR school at the same time as the Anchorage alumni event and hope to see some familiar faces there.  My wife is not ready for me to retire and be home all the time, so who knows how long I will be doing this." 

Alumni who attended for the first time include John and Kristina Hentges, David and Betsy Rees and Marian and Mark Riley. John and Kristina are living in Anchorage, where both their adult children are working in the industry. John retired from ConocoPhillips Alaska.

Great seeing everyone last week and a great happy hour! I always enjoy seeing the photos from that happy hour - Ken Thompson, Pacific Star Energy, event sponsor

Let's Get Together! 

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February 5, 1948 - June 29, 2022

HigbeeJames Marion Higbee died on June 29, 2022, from a glioblastoma brain tumor at the age of 74. Jim was born on February 5, 1948, in Spokane, Washington.

According to the funeral home, the following services have been scheduled: Viewing, on July 9, 2022 at 10:00 a.m., ending at 10:45 a.m., at Eagle Crest Second Ward, 14919 South Eagle Crest Dr, Draper, UT. Funeral service, on July 9, 2022 at 11:00 a.m., at Eagle Crest Second Ward, 14919 South Eagle Crest Dr, Draper, UT. Interment, on July 9, 2022 at 1:00 p.m., at Lindon City Cemetery, 600 North 200 East, Lindon, UT.

After high school, Jim attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, prior to serving a 2 ½ year mission in Taiwan for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints. On that mission he learned to read and write Mandarin Chinese, the study of which became a lifelong avocation. After his mission, Jim returned to BYU in 1971, where he met and married his eternal love and companion, Kimberly Wilde Higbee. They were sealed in the Los Angeles Temple on November 22, 1972.

Jim graduated from BYU in 1972 and earned his law degree and an MBA at the University of Washington, but his education never ended. Jim was a lifelong researcher, and learner. Jim’s law review article changed insurance law in three states by the time Jim was 30 years old. After graduation, Jim joined a law firm, but, feeling the lure of international business, joined the oil and gas company, ARCO, for whom he traveled the world negotiating international oil and gas joint ventures. As part of his work, the family lived in California, New Zealand, Texas, Kazakhstan, China, and the Philippines, where precious memories and lifelong friendships were made.

Jim retired in 2017, and in 2020, Jim and Kim settled in Draper, Utah, in a home with an unobstructed view of the mountains he always loved—Mount Timpanogos and the Wasatch Range—the outdoors where he loved to be. Jim is survived by his wife, Kimberly, their four children, nine grandchildren, his brother, Glen, and his sister, Jean.

Jim wrote a book of negotiation principles, each prefaced by a Chinese proverb or chengyu. One of Jim’s favorites was The Old Man Who Lost His Horse. The proverb begins with an old man losing his horse. All the villagers say, “How unfortunate!” The old man replies, “Perhaps.” Then some months later, the horse returns with a mate, and the old man has two horses. The old man’s only son rides the new horse and is thrown and breaks his leg, making him a cripple for a time. All the villagers say, “How unfortunate!” The old man replies, “Perhaps.” War then comes to China, and all able–bodied men are called to the front, where most die in battle. But due to the broken leg, the son remains safe at home with his father. The moral of the story is that sometimes things that appear to be unfortunate are indeed a blessing. This is how we feel about Jim’s passing, for we know that we will be reunited again, and until that time, he will be faithfully at his patriarchal post, loving, guiding, and protecting all of us, his family.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 11:00 am in the Eagle Crest Second Ward Chapel, 14919 South Eagle Crest Drive, Draper, Utah where family and friends may attend a viewing from 10:00 – 10:45 am prior to the services. Interment will be in the Lindon City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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Newcomers Cheryl Pressley and Chris Lewis, BP both won the Advancial Spring Showers Bring May Flowers prizes. 

Cheryl is looking for part-time or project work. She previously provided contracting support of international drilling projects (Brazil, Libya, Egypt, Indonesia, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana and Iraq). Chery was with ARCO until 2000 when she joined BP. She left BP for Hess in 2006.

Chris joined BP in 2007 as a Finance Advisor.

Susan Alonso is working for her son at Cantium LLC. Gloria Ballin and Cindy Stowell both work at EOG Resources, and met at the happy hour for the first time.  Gloria works the Delaware Basin Unconventional Properties. Cindy, an IT Manager, is celebrating 20 years with EOG Resources and 40 years in the industry.

Walt Bozeman, Carl Steffensen, and their wives were busy catching up and talking about travel plans. Life is good and everyone was pleased to be together.

Norman Nadorff, Tim Seidel and John Brame represented AIOGC. Norman is working at Mayer Brown LLP, Tim is retired and always reliable for bringing the ARCO memorabilia. John is working for BP. Christy Smith joined ARCO in 1973, worked most recently for LINN Energy and Forest Oil and is transitioning to consulting as a geologist. Craig Moseley retired in 2010 from BP and is pursuing his lifelong hobby, photography.

Steve Freeman, Chevron, is back stateside and enjoyed his first ARCO Alumni reunion. Tom Schmid is an Internal Chevron Consultant to Project Teams to identify and negotiate construction claim settlements on International capital projects.  Tom was an Offshore Drilling Engineer and Operations Engineer with ARCO from 1978 to 1982.

Jeanette and Wes Peirce were thrilled to see John Eldred and other friends. Wes Peirce has welcomed his son, Jason, to his firm, Peirce Capital Management. "I work with my nephew and never guessed one of my children would join my company. My nephew came to me with a proposal, and said, I think we should hire Jason."

Jerome and Tresa De La Cruz were at the happy hour, driving in from Georgetown. Tresa heard about the event from her Aunt, hostess Cathy Clonts' mother-in-law. Small world coincidences!

John Bridges is Executive Director, Association of International Energy Negotiators. Paul Jones is with Chicane Solutions. 

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