The oil and gas industry lost two great leaders recently with the passing of Russell Norman Taylor of Abilene and George Avery Alcorn of Houston.
Russell Taylor, born December 14, 1925 in Cuba, NY, was a born leader. He graduated from Colgate University and earned master’s in geology from Lehigh University in 1950. He began his career in the oil and gas industry with Standland Oil & Gas, and in 1957 he started Nordan Oil & Gas Corp in Abilene, which he was active in until shortly before his death on October 24. Mr. Taylor served in leadership roles with many geological, educational, and business organizations including as President of the West Central Texas Oil and Gas Association now the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers. For 24 years he also served as head of the Geology Department at McMurry University in Abilene. CLICK HERE to read his full obituary.
George Alcorn, born September 6, 1932 in Dallas, was a third-generation oilman. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955-1957, and earned degrees from UT Austin and University of Houston before starting Alcorn Exploration Company in Houston. His success and outgoing personality made him a natural to serve on many publicly held company boards and leadership roles within the industry including Chairman of the Board of the Independent Petroleum Association of America. He received the Chief Roughneck Award and the Senator Tom Haywood Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Alliance in 2005. Mr. Alcorn passed away on October 10 in Houston. CLICK HERE to read his full obituary.
As a member of the staff of the West Central Texas Oil and Gas Association, the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, and the Independent Petroleum Association of America, I worked with these great men. Their wisdom, courage, and character were absolutely outstanding. Everyone in the oil and gas industry has benefited from their unselfish generosity. Thank you, Russell and George, for your dedication and work for the oil and gas industry.
Alex Mills, President