ALLEN J. TARBUTTON, JR.

BS, Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering, 1961 After earning his degree from Texas A&I University in 1961, Allen began his career in the natural gas industry with Tenneco Oil Co. in Agua Dulce and moved up to Chief Plant Engineer for the company in Houston. He later went to work for Mitchell Energy and Development Corporation in The Woodlands for nearly 30 years. He retired as President of Mitchell Gas Services L.P. in 2002. He was one of the first engineers to use a simulation program to model and optimize plant operations with Tenneco. While there, he helped design and construct one of the first molecular sieve treating plants in LaPorte, Texas. A molecular sieve treating plant purifies gas streams at the molecular level. As chairman of the joint American Petroleum Institute (API) and GPA Task Group on Gas Plant Operations, he helped write one of the first checklists on gas plant operations. While at Mitchell Energy & Development Corp., he and fellow Texas A&M University-Kingsville Distinguished Alumnus Bruce Withers started and grew a gas processing-2-division to over 60,000 barrels per day, equal in size to the company’s production division. He studied under Dr. Frank H. Dotterweich, founder of the natural gas engineering department—the first of its kind in the nation. Dotterweich was known on campus as “Doc,” and students that studied under him were known as “Doc’s Boys.” “Being one of ‘Doc’s Boys’ has played a big part in my career,” said Tarbutton. “Not only did we get a great education at the beginning, but we also were taught a great work ethic. There are so many A&I grads in the industry that it’s made for a lifelong fraternity.” He was honored with the Gas Processors Association (GPA) Hanlon Award. The award is known as the highest honor of the gas processing industry, and one of the top-ranking awards of the petroleum industry. Allen participated in a number of professional organizations and activities during his career, including chair of the GPA Technical Committee and as GPA president. He is a charter member of the Church at Alden Bridge and is a member of the leadership team. He served as a member of the board of directors for the Montgomery County United Way, where he previously served as Pacesetters Chairman, Campaign Chairman and Chairman of the Board. At his alma mater, Allen served on the board of directors for the Javelina Alumni Association from 1980 to 1987. His service included terms as Second Vice President, First Vice President and President. He also served on the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation Board of Directors from 2007 to 2011. In 2007, Texas A&M University-Kingsville honored him as a Distinguished Alumnus.

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