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Everette Lee De Golyer

geologist , oil producer

Everette Lee De Golyer, American geologist, oil producer.


Golyer, Everette Lee De was born on October 9, 1886 in Greensburg, Kansas, United States. Son of John William and N. Kagy (Huddle) De Golyer.


Bachelor of Arts, University of Oklahoma, 1911. Honorary Doctor of Science, Colorado School of Mines, 1925, Southern Methodist University, 1945, Tulane University, 1954. Doctor of Laws, Trinity College, 1947, Princeton, 1949, U. Mexico, 1951, Washington University, 1952.


With United States Geological Survey, 1906-1909. Geologist and chief geologist Mexican Eagle Oil Corporation, 1909-1914. Consultant practice, 1914-1919.

Vice-president and general manager, 1919-1926, president and general manager 1926-1929, Chairman of the Board, 1929-1932, Amerada Corporation, Amerada Petroleum Corporation and Amerada Refining Corporation. Vice-president and general manager Geophysical Research Corporation. President Atlatl Royalty Corporation, since 1932.

President Felmont Corporation, 1934-1939. Senior member DeGolyer & McNaughton, since 1936. Assistant deputy petroleum administrator for war, Washington, 1941-1943.

Head Petroleum Administration for War mission to Mexico, 1942. Head Department Interior Petroleum Reserves Corporation mission to Middle East, 1943-1944. Technical adviser N.R.A. oil code, 1933.

Member National Petroleum Council, since 1946. Member United States Military Petroleum Advisory Board, since 1947. Member advising committee on raw materials United States Atomic Energy Commission, since 1947.

Member United States advising committee American participation International Science Conference on Conservation and Utilization of Resources, since 1948. Member of advisory board National Security Resources Board, since 1948. Consultant War Department and Bureau Mines Survey of Coal, Oil Shale and Natural Gas Reserves, since 1948.

Aldred lecturer Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1929. Cyrus Fogg Brackett lecturer Princeton, 1929, Lewis Clark Vanuxem lecturer, 1941. Anthony F. Lucas medalist, 1941, John Fritz medalist, 1942.

Sidney Powers gold medal from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 1950. Received a distinguished service citation University of Oklahoma, 1948.


  • Associate editor New Colophon, Southwest Review.


Fellow Geological Society American, American Association for the Advancement of Science, New York Academy Sciences, British Institute of Petroleum, American Geography Society. Member American Association Petroleum Geologists (president 1925. Member 1945), American Institute Mining and Metallurgical Engineers (president 1927.

Member 1952), National Academy of Sciences, American Petroleum Institute (director since 1935), American Geophysical Union, Instituto Sudamericano del Petroleo, Society Economics Geologists, Society Exploration Geologists, Society Exploration Geophysicists (honorary 1930), Pan American Institute Mining Engineering and Geology (United States section), Dallas Museum Fine Arts (president, since 1948), Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Kappa Alpha, Pi Epsilon, Sigma Gamma Epsilon, Pi Gamma Museum. Mason.; Clubs: Bankers, Engineers, University, Mining, Grolier (New York).


Married Nell Virginia Goodrich, June 10, 1910. Children: Nell Virginia, Dorothy Margaret, Cecelia Jeanne, Everette Lee.

John William Golyer

N. Kagy (Huddle) De Golyer

Nell Virginia Goodrich

Nell Virginia Golyer

Dorothy Margaret Golyer

Cecelia Jeanne Golyer

Everette Lee Golyer