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Remembering Bob Keller


Bob Keller, Rowan Retiree and rig namesake, passed away on 24 July at the age of 91. He began working for Rowan Drilling immediately following his graduation from Texas A&M in 1947. He started as a roughneck on a steam rig in Alvin, Texas, and proceeded to work in almost all of Rowan’s operating regions at the time, including the Southern, Western and Rocky Mountain Divisions, the Gulf of Mexico and Southeast Asia. After 43 years of service, Mr Keller retired as Vice President of Operations for Rowan Companies Inc. on January 1, 1991. In 2005, a TARZAN Class jack-up rig was named in his honor. Mr Keller said his proudest achievement at Rowan was training the “young people” of Rowan ...

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Remembering William (Bill) Haley


William (Bill) Haley, Jr, age 87, President of Houston Systems Manufacturing, passed away on 8 June 2017. Mr Haley had a long and distinguished career in the oil and gas industry. During his career, he served as a senior executive with several divisions of Dresser Industries in Houston, before being transferred to Salisbury, Maryland in 1969. In 1976, Mr Haley left Dresser and joined Houston Systems. After his retirement in 1981, Mr Haley was an entrepreneur, serving as Chairman and CEO of the startup Quality Oilfield Products, and later adding a charter business, Gulf Winds. He was also involved in numerous investment companies. Mr Haley was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 7 December, 1929 and served during the Korean War. While stationed in Washington ...

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