As the country continues to mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, laid to rest last week, Pink Petro would like to recognize the man who shared our values. He was a friend of energy and supported diversity within the industry.
Before launching his political career and after marrying Barbara Pierce, the Yale graduate took a sales job with an oil and energy firm in Midland, Texas. Dresser Industries was owned by a Bush family friend and decades later it merged with Halliburton, an early believer in Pink Petro.
After a couple years, and with the help of family money, Bush got his hands dirty by starting two oil drilling businesses, including the Zapata Petroleum Corporation.
By the mid-1960’s, politics came calling and Bush was elected to Congress. He sold his share of the drilling businesses but never lost his appreciation for energy and inclusion.
In July of 1992, while Bush was in the Oval Office, Linda Stuntz was unanimously confirmed as Deputy Secretary of Energy. This marked the first time a woman served in this position. Stuntz played a key role in developing and enacting the Energy Policy Act. It contained more than two dozen subtitles outlining ways to reduce dependence on energy imports, boost renewable energy production, and increase energy efficiency of buildings.
In October of 1992, President Bush signed this landmark legislation into law.
In addition to his service to our industry and in politics, he was a man of integrity, character, and had a real zest for life. His son George W. Bush said at the funeral in this full eulogy, “In his old age, dad enjoyed watching police show reruns, volume on high (laughter), all the while holding mom’s hand. After mom died, Dad was strong, but all he really wanted to do was to hold mom’s hand, again.”
Rest in Peace, with Robin and Barbara, #41.