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In Memoriam: Larry Gardner

Larry Gardner, retired Chief Engineer for Rowan Drilling Company, passed away on 28 March 2020 after courageously battling cancer for many months He was 79. From Houston, Mr Gardner graduated in 1963 with a degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and began his career with South Eastern Drilling Company (SEDCO) as a barge engineer. Soon thereafter, Mr Gardner moved to Japan where he was involved in the construction of one of the first tri-legged, submersible drilling rigs. From Japan he followed the rig to Southeast Asia and Australia. In 1970, Mr Gardner began work at Rowan Drilling Company (RDC). Because of his experience in offshore drilling, he was assigned to assist in the design and construction of Rowan’s first, ...

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In Memoriam: Frank Springett

Frank Springett, who has been an active member of IADC for many years, passed away on 30 January. He was 45. Mr Springett graduated in 1995 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from California Maritime Academy and spent his career in the oil industry, first with Transocean Drilling and for the last 17 years with National Oilwell Varco in Houston...

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In Memoriam: William (Bill) F. Haley, III

William (Bill) F. Haley, age 62, Founder of Energy Resources and Supply, passed away on 1 February 2018 after a 31-month battle with Glioblastoma brain cancer. He was born on 26 November 1955. After graduating from High Point University with a degree in business administration and economics, Mr Haley moved to Houston in 1978 and began his life-long career in the oil and gas industry. He first served as a manufacturer’s representative for Tri International before joining Prodrill Supply Company as Vice President. Eventually, he founded his own company, Energy Resources, which he operated for over 30 years. Mr Haley is preceded in death by his parents, William and Delphine Haley. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, ...

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In Memoriam: Howard Shatto

Howard Shatto, Chairman Emeritus of the Dynamic Positioning Committee of the Marine Technology Society, passed away on 21 January. Born in 1924, Mr Shatto had a long and distinguished career of pioneering offshore technology and was known as the father of dynamic positioning (DP). After graduating from Yale, Mr Shatto began his career with Shell, where he helped build Shell’s first diesel electric drilling rig. He also led in the development of ROVs for intervention on the first subsea BOPs for drilling and production. He conceived the world’s first automatic control for DP on Shell’s Eureka core drillship in 1960. In 1970, he made industry history with the Sedco-445, the world’s first DP oil exploration riser-equipped drillship. Since then, more than 4,000 DP ...

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In Memoriam: 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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In Memoriam: 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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