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petroleum , utility company and banking executive

Jack Harvey Abernathy, American petroleum, utility company and banking executive. Recipient numerous awards inlcuding Distinguished Engineering Grad award Oklahoma University, 1990.; elected to Oklahoma State Hall of Fame, 1971, National Petroleum Hall of Fame, 1990.


Abernathy, Jack Harvey was born on June 10, 1911 in Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States. Son of George Carl and Carrie (Howell) Abernathy.


Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering, University Oklahoma, 1933.


Petroleum engineer, Sinclair Oil & Gas Company, 1933-1934;chief engineer, general production superintendent, Sunray DX OIL Company, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1935-1945;president, Seneca Oil Corporation, Oklahoma City, 1959-1965;president, Post Oak Oil Corporation, Oklahoma City, 1966-1972;chairman of the executive committee, director, Entex, Inc., Houston, 1972-1985;president, chairman director, Big Chief Drilling Company, Oklahoma City, 1946-1982;director, Entex Petroleum, Inc., Houstondirector, Entex Coal Company, Houstondirector, Hinderliter Industries, 1981-1985;director, member Executive Committee, Liberty National Bank & Trust Company, Oklahoma City, 1967-1985;director, chairman, Southwestern Bank & Trust Company, Oklahoma City, since 1964. Member, past chairman National Petroleum Council, 1957-1983. Director, vice Chairman, Board Of Directors General Producing and Drilling Company, Houston, 1981-1983.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor numerous technical articles to professional journals.


Board directors The Benham Group, 1983-1994, Oklahoma City Zoological Society, since 1983, Oklahoma City Art Museum. Trustee University Oklahoma Foundation, Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Oklahoma Educational television Authority, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. Member Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (director, past chairman), American Petroleum Institute (director, executive committee 1964-1983), Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce (director 1963-1983), All-American Wildcatters, National Society Professional Engineers, Society Petroleum Engineers, International Association Oilwell Drilling Contractors (president, board directors), Sigma Tau, Tau Beta Pi, Pi Epsilon Tau, Beta Gamma Sigma.

Clubs: Men's Dinner, Petroleum (Oklahoma City). Oklahoma City Golf and Country.


Married Mary Ann Staig, June 13, 1932 (deceased). Children: Jack Harvey, Carrilee Abernathy Bell. Married Virginia Watson, December 21, 1974 (deceased August 1986).

George Carl Abernathy

Carrie (Howell) Abernathy

Mary Ann Staig

Virginia Watson

Jack Harvey Abernathy

Carrilee Abernathy Bell Abernathy