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With over 95 individuals at the happy hour, we have much to share, and these updates won't cover everyone; log onto the site and click on Who's Doing What to read more! As guests were arriving James Posey and Harold Heinze quickly began chatting, followed by Denise Ganopole, Chip Derrick, Dennis Bickford and Kathy Godsey. Kathy is coming up on her 39th year in the industry and is currently working at ConocoPhillips Alaska.  She has been in the same building since 1984. "I work in the IT department and support the Shared Services Aviation department," said Kathy.

My career kept returning me to Alaska, and I retired there in 1999  - Harold Heinze

Harold Heinze joined Atlantic Richfield in 1965, and arrived in Alaska in 1969 when TAPS was put on hold for environmental review. "I left Alaska because the pipeline was put on hold, " said Harold. "Then I was among the first to move back when we were given the green light. When Harold retired from ARCO in 1999, he remained in Anchorage.

Gina Luckey worked in external affairs 'spending the company's money' and enjoying a variety of responsibilities including giving tours of the North Slope. Gina transitioned to ConocoPhillips Alaska, and retired in 2015. "I continue to live in Anchorage with my husband Ken. We're both enjoying retirement by spending time with family and friends, traveling, golf and gardening, to name a few." Patricia Lobel shared that she and Jed Chamberlain will vacation in Greece, celebrating Jed's retirement from COP Alaska. The couple enjoy a variety of activities including disc golf with David and Veronica Reem.

David had a good chuckle teasing Abhijeet Tambe about his sandals at the happy hour.

John Hentges retired from COP Alaska and soon found himself employed with a Europen firm working in the carbon capture space. "Summers in Alaska are not to be wasted, and I let the company know I will be back in the fall," said John. With both of their children living in Anchorage, John and Kristina are among the many alums staying in Anchorage. Denise Berry, Bob Chivvis, Scott Digert, Kathy Gray, Danielle and Doug Ohms, Frank and Anca Paskvan, Tom Plawman, Paul Provencio, Nancy Joseph Moses, Randy Ruedrich, Marcia Bandy and Jack Porter, Bruce and Susan Dingeman, and Becky Schumacher were also at the happy hour.

We were sorry to miss a number of colleagues including Russ Doig and Linda Petrie who are traveling across Canada, Ken Elmore who was recovering from surgery, Janet and Troy Weiss who were river rafting and Cheryl and John Kurz who were on the Kenai. Log on today and update your profile and click on the Photo Gallery to see the pictures.

Richard Hahler is working as a Geologist for an Environmental Remedeation Company in Nebraska and Kansas. He was with ARCO from 1990 to 2000.

Jay Cheatham shares that he is bi coastal now. He has a home is Seattle where his daughter Brooks is living, and one in Osprey, Florida. Jay was in Wyoming hunting upland birds in October. He shared that he misses all the Arco people. Gary Youngren retired a decade ago and he and his wife live in Austin, Texas.

Peter Wald was with ARCO from 1993 to 1999 and then with USAA until he retired. He is living in Houston, Texas.

Philip Ulmer and his wife lived in Alaska until late 2018 and then relocated to NC to be near their children and grandchildren (and "grand-dogs").  "At the time we moved I was employed as the Director of Safety and Risk Management at GCI,." said Philip  "Company senior management permitted me to continue working virtually in NC until my scheduled retirement effective 1/1/2020.  I completed a total of 19+ years with GCI.  The safety and risk management experience I gained in my years with ARCO Oil and Gas in Dallas and ARCO Alaska in Anchorage was put to good use when I went into the telecommunication industry.  I was blessed during my professional career.  ARCO was the best oil and gas company to work for and I believed that GCI was the best telecommunication company to work for.  Both company's truly exhibited a corporate conscience and business atmosphere to allow people to excel and work dynamically and safely - and to allow employees to think "out of the box" when necessary to create solutions to sometimes perplexing challenges - and at the same time assuring all risk factors involving people, property and the environment were never compromised."

I was blessed during my professional career. Both (ARCO and GCI) exhibited a corporate conscience and business atmosphere to allow people to excel  - Philip Ulmer


Tim Sands was with ARCO from 1980 to 1984. He is involved in international energy transactions ranging from upstream to mid-stream and power generation/LNG.

Galen Treadgold is currently Managing Director of the technology arm of a small oil company pruducing out of West Africa.  Galen also runs a small mineral and fossil company that raises money for various charities and non-profits.  "My wife Teresa and I have a home in Las Cruces, New Mexico where we'll eventually retire.  Our daughter just delivered our first grand baby up in Dallas so we spend a lot of time traveling up to Dallas to see the baby." Read about GeoInteriors, a grassroots effort to sell gems, fossils, and minerals which has raised over $400,000 for charities and shipped rocks to ARCO alums, geologists, Universities and more.

Les Haldane retired a decade ago and is happily retired in Kaui, Hawaii. "It’s hard to believe that we’ve lived here 10 years already," said Les. "Apart from the distance from family and friends, we really enjoy the lifestyle and climate.  We recently bought an old house in Kailua that we are busy renovating.  Four grandkids and a new kitten keep us young."

GeoInteriors has kept many of us ARCO-ites connected  - Galen Treadgold

Tom Eggert is a proud grandfather and was visiting his grandchild and missed the San Antonio reunion. Tom lives in Houston and his daughter is living in Seattle.

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ARCO geologist David Suter shared that 'we at ARCO are all proud of our great heritage from Robert O. Anderson of Richfield and Thornton Bradshaw of Atlantic and many others including Harry Jamison, premier ARCO geologist. He and all the other great geoscientists and engineers and landmen that were involved in the Prudhoe Bay Oil Field discovery and development deserve our most sincere thanks. Anyone interested in getting a first hand look at the history and details of the Prudhoe Bay discovery can do so by going to AAPG GeoLegends: Harry Jamison for an excellent series of four interviews given by Mr. Jamison. He lays out the detailed history and events that led to the discovery. The pathway to discovery was very trying and discouraging at times in the early drilling years but the Richfield – Humble (later ARCO) geological/geophysical model prevailed which culminated in the Prudhoe Bay State #1 discovery well in May, 1967 and the Sag. River State #1 confirmation well in 1968. The ultimate prize and pride for this Mega Giant Prudhoe Bay Oil Field discovery belongs to that wonderful team of “ARCO” personnel led by Mr. Jamison. Mr. Jamison is certainly a legend in the oil and gas industry and his wonderful leadership ability and kind personality were keys to that success. His leadership and kindness were felt by all of us at ARCO that worked for him. I’d just like to say thanks to Mr. Jamison for all he means to me as an ARCO geologist and for all the dedicated years he gave to Richfield and ARCO and the oil and gas industry. I’d also like to thank the AAPG for providing us with this series of wonderful, informative interviews. This series of interviews provides a very personal connection to one of the greatest achievements in the history of the U.S. oil and gas industry.


Access the video on the AAPG website here.

IThe ultimate prize and pride for this Mega Giant Prudhoe Bay Field...belong to ARCO's Jamison
- David Suter, ARCO geologist

Members updated their profiles and pictures including Tony Webb, Catherine Weidenfeller, Charles Smith, Rosana van der Grinten, Norman Nadorff and Lisa Nash Houston. 

Many of those people who purchased leases became millionairs, and as they say, 'The fight for Prudhoe Bay was on' Kathy Harte

Kathy Harte worked for ARCO in Anchorage for 25+ years, and shares it was the best job she ever had. “My Maternal family is from Alaska, and we've had many, many fascinating opportunities while living there,” said Kathy. “For example, my Maternal Grandfather (William T. Foran ) was a Geological / Petroleum Genius, and while working for the U.S. Navy at Prudhoe Bay, he realized that most of that entire area was literally a gigantic source of Petroleum products, mainly Oil and Gas. People laughed at him and called him an idiot. However, people who were smart enough to believe him, quietly started purchasing leasing rights on properties that "see " like they might have some amount of petroleum (Oil and Gas). Many of those people who purchased the leases became millionaires, and as they say, "The Fight for Prudhoe Bay was on!"”

Michael Lestenkof worked for Jim Weeks for seven years, at both Prudhoe Bay and Kuparuk oil fields. Michael wrote three essays on arctic construction and Jim Weeks submitted them to the patent attorneys. One is currently owned by COP. Google Michael Lestenkof Jr. to find the patent on building pipelines on the tundra without use of piling. In 1988 ARCO International sent Michael Lestenkof to Indonesia for five years as a construction manager on ARCO Bali North, an offshore gas project. “We built our shore facilities on a small coral island 100 miles north of Bali. The project team under Project Manager Richard Murtland spent six months in Perth, Australia during the design stage. As a native Alaskan from a tiny remote island in the Bering Sea, St. George Island, going from the Arctic to the equator was an amazing experience.”

As a native Alaskan, going from the Arctic to the equator was an amazing experience Michael Lestenkof

Daniel Schafer left Alaska six years ago, worked for BP in London and Baku and is now retired and lives between Yorkshire in the U.K. and Florida


Emily Arrowsmith retired from COP in Anchorage after 20 plus years in the industry.

Bryan Wilks worked for ARCO in East Texas fracking wells in Carthage. He trained at the Plano Facility.

Eduard Apaisse shared a photo circa  1982 when I was working offshore at Xray Alpha platform, Arco North West Java.


Congratulations to Med Kamal and Terry Palisch, the 2023 and 2024 SPE Presidents, respectively. 

Med Kamal worked at ARCO in Plano for AEPT from 1988 until 2000 when the company was sold to BP. At that time I joined Chevron Technology Company in the San Francisco Bay Area. Chevron tranferred me to Houston at the beginning of 2014. I am now an Emeritus Chevron Fellow after retiring in 2017 and returning to the Bay Area. One of the main taks of Chevron Fellows is developing the next generation of technical leaders. I finished serving on the Board of SPE International as the Regional Director for Western North America (2007-2009). My SPE Monograph on Transient Well Testing was published in November 2009 and is available through and I am an Honorary Member of SPE and was recently elected as the 2023 SPE President.



Terry is vice president of technology and engineering at CARBO Ceramics in Richardson, Texas. Terry began his career with ARCO in 1986 and then joined CARBO in 2004. In 2001, Terry Palisch was named the SPE Dallas Section Engineer of the Year, followed by Distinguished Service & Membership in 2017.  A University of Missouri-Rolla grad, he was recently honored as a Distinguished Alumnus has authored more than 50 SPE technical papers and holds several patents.

"I'm humbled to have been nominated as 2024 SPE President," said Terry. "SPE has done so much for me and my career. I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues on the Board to implement the new Strategic Plan and take the Society forward.” 

Terry joins Marvin Katz (1980), Bill Cobb (2008), Janeen Judah (2017) and Med Kamel (2023 – current) as ARCO Alumni who have served as SPE President.