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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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DozierDonald Ralph Dozier

April 3, 1933 - January 2, 2022

We are saddened to share that Don Dozier, long time ARCO employee and friend to so many, passed away on January 2. Don traveled the world during his 40 year career with ARCO Oil and Gas. At ARCO, he was responsible for all major engineering and construction projects outside the U.S. He also was one of three Project Managers responsible for the design and construction of the oil and gas processing facilities at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. He was Vice President of Engineering and a member of the Board of ARCO Pipeline Company.

Pat Foster, who was with ARCO from 1970-1994, first met Don working on the Prudhoe Facilities Project in Pasadena. "He turned out to be my boss, mentor, and one of my best friends," said Pat. "I worked for Don in London on the Thames Project; he, Dotty and my wife, Jan, became very close."

Richard Chapman, ARCO, 1974-1999, remembers Don was the consummate great boss and leader.  "Don was patient, an attentive listener, did not get ruffled, ethical, honest, candid, authentic and thoughtful," remembers Richard. "I cannot say enough about his numerous qualities. I enjoyed working for him in both London and in Jakarta.  He was both knowledgeable and experienced in managing major capital projects but perhaps more importantly he excelled in managing people and teams.  He taught me a great deal during our time together and I sincerely hope that I have been able to emulate him in my management style and to pass his wisdom on to the next two generations of leadership. Some of the best advice that Don gave me was unintentional.  After he left Enron but before his political career, Don called me at home late one night and said “Dick, there is only so much golf that a person can play.  Do you have any jobs?”  My take away was not to retire too soon and to have avocations that you enjoy prior to retiring.  Thank you Don.  You will be missed."

Malcolm Corry, who was with ARCO British Limited from 1985-1998 said, "It was an honour to work on Don’s team. The boss, yes, but a real Gentle Man and so kind and considerate. Don led by example; he always listened. ARCO and Don Dozier remain in our memory as being the high point of our career."

Don and Dorothy settled in McKinney, Texas after retirement. He was Mayor of McKinney and made significant contributions to the City during his three terms.

Don is survived by many family members and friends. He has two sons, Mike, New Braunfels, Texas and Brook, Hurst, Texas, and three grandchildren, Taylor, Kaelyn, and Aaron. He also has one great-granddaughter, Kayleigh. He is survived by sisters, Sally Leigh of Terrell, Texas and Karen Lancaster of Temple, Texas and their families, and numerous nieces, nephews, and other loving relatives.

Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association and the American Cancer Society in Don’s memory.

Read the full obituary here.

John Currier

September 3, 1957 - November 15, 2021

Danville, VT -- John H. Currier, 64, passed away at his home in Danville, VT comforted by his family early on Monday morning, November 15, 2021, after a nine-year battle with cancer. John began his career at Atlantic Richfield in Texas, meeting his beloved wife Barbara on his very first day of work. He loved a challenging assignment on the Alaskan North Slope, especially after the VP said an Ivy Leaguer would never be able to handle it. He reported that “Dartmouth had gotten me better rounded than he expected and I hung in there including being yanked up the outside of a drilling rig derrick in a harness that was attached to a free-falling 300-pound counterweight!”

John and Barbara then returned to the Upper Valley. John lived for many years in Norwich, Vermont, working as a research engineer at Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, and co-founding MVP Robotics. John lived out his Christian faith as an active, loyal, and compassionate member of his church and community. John touched many lives in his 25+ years of selfless work with many hundreds of engineering students, Dartmouth Athletics, Upper Valley public schools and youth sports, the international orthopedic community, his church, MVP Robotics, at his family farm, and most importantly his family and friends.

Gordon Pospisil remembers John as having a great sense of humor and always being upbeat.  "John received some chiding because he studied engineering at Dartmouth…instead of a real engineering program like CSM or UT or A&M…but he took it well," recalls Gordon. "I was impressed with Barb and John’s sense of adventure when they gave up their very successful careers at ARCO to go back to academia (at Dartmouth). Both fantastic people."

Read John's obituary

 

Anchorage Alumni enjoyed an evening get together in Anchorage at O'Malley's on August 26. Log on to see the pictures.

Thanks to Advancial, ACS and PRA Alaska for sponsoring the happy hour. 

The Advancial door prizes are a tradition of the event, and this year, one prize was awarded to Harold Heinze.

Despite the challenges, we were able to host a safe get together

The past weeks in central Texas have been challenging for many, and for ARCO Alumnus Greg Beard and his Grace of Giving team, they have been able to weather a number of challenges - pun intended! "Our goal," explains Greg, "is to source food and personal items (e.g., toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo) each month and deliver to partners in Texas but near the Texas/Mexico border. They then move as much as they can across the border to meet needs there. Our partners also help people in their local areas. We don’t really care where the food goes as long as the people that get it have a genuine need. Our ultimate purpose is to allow our partners to share the Gospel as they meet needs. But to emphasize, the only qualification for getting food from Grace of Giving is to need it."

Every penny we get goes to buy and deliver food. - Greg Beard

A Petroleum Engineer early in his career, Greg transitioned to natural gas marketing/commercialization for most of his tenure. He worked in Midland, Dallas, Plano, Tulsa, Los Angeles, London, Jakarta, and Dubai.

"In late 2003, I was spending a great deal of time in prayer asking God what He wanted me to do “post-ARCO”," shares Greg. "I remember reading in a book to “ take your passion and use it to glorify God and serve the Kingdom.” My passion was feeding people, so I bought 1000# of rice, made a couple of contacts in Del Rio and Fabens (near El Paso) through friends at church, and set off to meet them! The ministry has grown by leaps and bounds over the years, and now that I am fully retired, it is my primary occupation and joy!" This year, Greg and his wife Dara are celebrating their 18th year in operation. "Our priorities are to purchase food and to fund operating costs to deliver the food," said Greg. "The officers of Grace of Giving and those that assist us accept no compensation for our services.

Despite the madness of 2020, our organization missed only one month of deliveries to our ministry partners. We made eleven “western” trips (a western trip goes to Del Rio, Van Horn, and Fabens, with bi-monthly forays into El Paso, principally for pinto beans and toilet paper) and four trips (beginning in September) to our new partners at First Baptist Church in Brownsville. This month, with the severe cold and power outages, our team faced difficulties  getting a food shipment on the road. Thankfully, my colleague, Gary Waller, was able to leave Clifton with a load of food for Del Rio, Van Horn, and Fabens. My wife and I will be taking a load of food the first week of March to Brownsville, where we have partnered with First Baptist Church to meet needs in that area."

We also have some specific recipients – two children’s homes in Mexico, a home for young, unwed mothers in Acuna and several ministries that feed hungry children in their area.

Despite the challenges in 2020, we delivered almost 91,000 pounds of food. - Greg Beard

"The need is greater now along the border, but paradoxically, our partners are finding it increasingly difficult to get food across the border on a regular basis. Border transit in both directions is difficult now with the COVID restrictions, so we actually expect to see our deliveries increase when border transits become easier. In the meantime, we move as much as we can and continue to look for new opportunities to establish partnerships along the border."

The last thing I want to emphasize is we have no overhead for staff or warehouse space, so every penny we get goes to buy food and provide for the means to deliver it. We buy all the food we deliver (regrettably, donated food is often out of date and unusable) and take only things we would serve on our own table. I am a very good customer of Sam’s Walmart, and HEB!

Our 2020 deliveries covered about 17,000 miles. - Greg Beard

In 2020, the Grace of Giving team delivered almost 91,000 pounds on these trips, consisting of: • ~19,000# of pinto beans • ~28,000# of rice • ~44,000# of sugar, flour, canned goods, personal items, and toilet paper "We don’t quite compete with the folks that drive 18 wheelers, but we meet these niche needs very well. We are also able to use our equipment efficiently. We are blessed by the generous support of many, and we pray simply that we would continue to be faithful servants in 2021," said Greg. To learn more, or to support Grace of Giving, contact Greg.