George Grover Oberfell, business executive. Recipient Walton Clark medal, Franklin Institute, 1959; Grand Old Man, Natural Gas, International Oil Exposition and Congress, 1953. Member American Chemical Society, A.S.T.M., American Petroleum Institute (appreciation certificate 1951), Society Automotive Engineers, American Institute Chemical Engineers.
Began as teacher rural schools, Butler County, 1904-1907. Instructor chemistry Miami University, 1910-1912. Junior chemist United States Bureau Mines (natural gas by-products), Pittsburgh, 1912-1916.
Chemist natural gas industry Ohio Fuel Supply Company, Columbus, 1916-1917. Captain, Chemical Warfare Service (toxic gases), United States Army, Washington, 1917-1919. Research engineer (natural gas industry) Chestnut & Smith Corporation, Tulsa, 1920-1923.
Partner Seely-Oberfell Corporation, consultant engrs., Breckenridge, Texas, 1923. Cons. designing and sales engineer Hope Engineering & Supply Company, Tulsa, 1924. From 1925-1950 in charge research and development department Phillips Petroleum Company, under which co’s. liquefied petroleum gas (Philgas) sales activities were developed.
President Philgas Company until liquefied petroleum gas activities, transferred to parent company Phillips Petroleum Company, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, was vice president in charge research and development, member Executive Committee and director, retired 1950.