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Oct 10 2023 Be the first to comment!

We are sorry to share that the following ARCO Alumni have passed away.

Theo Louis Polasek on July 9, 2024.

Ron Arnault, in Pasadena, California at the age of 80 on March 5, 2024

Bill Martin, of Dallas, Texas.

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 Iden 1940 - May 29, 2023


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: 

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



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