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Harold Bell Renfro

Harold Bell Renfro, American geologist, petroleum engineer.


  • Renfro, Harold Bell was born on January 16, 1915 in Lufkin, Texas, United States. Son of Philisophy D. and Ruby (Hines) Renfro.

  • Education

    • Student Lamar Institute Technology, 1930-1931, U. Houston, 1931-1933. Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering, University Tulsa, 1939. Master of Science in Geology, University of Wisconsin, Doctor of Philosophy. in Geology, 1947.


    • Step-children—Gertrude, Sally, William S. Professor geology U. Tulsa, 1946-1948. Director exploration and engineering Stoddard Oil Corporation, Dallas, 1948-1953. Organized H.B. Renfro and Company, Dallas, 1953.

      Associate McGhee Production Company, Dallas, 1954-1957. Organized, chairman, board directors Neches Petroleum Corporation, 1963-1970. Director, Executive Committee, principal agent Petroleum Reserves, Inc., New York City, Houston, Dallas, 1955-1958.

      Consultant Ling-Temco-Vought, Inc., Hudson Institute, Harmon, New York, Lawrence Radiation Laboratory, Livermore, California, Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, MITRE Corporation Board of directors Dallas Council World Affairs, Southwestern Engineering Foundation, Dallas. Board directors Community Guidance Service, Dallas, 1950-1960, chairman, 1955-1957.


    Denomination: Baptist


    Served to Lieutenant United States Navy Reserve, 1942-1946. Member American Association Petroleum Geologist (co-compiler geological highway map United States), American Institute Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers, Society Petroleum Engineers, Council of Scientific Socs. Dallas-Fort Worth Area (president 1960), Community Opera Guild (president 1957), Dallas Geological Society (president 1966), Sigma Xi, Gamma Alpha, Lambda Chi Alpha, Pi Epsilon Tau.

    Clubs: Engineers (president Dallas 1958), Petroleum Engineers (president Dallas 1952).


    • Married Joan Arden Ross, February 1, 1942.; married second, Alma Chastain Hutchings, September 28, 1963. Children: Robert Bruce, Janet Arden (Mistress.
    • father: P. D. Renfro
    • mother: Ruby (Hines) Renfro
    • spouses: Joan Arden Ross
    • Alma Chastain Hutchings
    • children: Robert Bruce Renfro
    • Janet Arden (Mrs Renfro
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    Born January 16, 1915
    Died June 22, 1972
    (aged 57)