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Lovingfoss gift supports Texas A&M petroleum engineering scholars program

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 8:00pm
Texas A&M University

Ada L. Lovingfoss and her son, Donald P. Lovingfoss, will endow a four-year scholarship for top-performing petroleum engineering students in the Von Gonten Scholars Program at Texas A&M University.

The Lovingfoss Family Scholarship in Petroleum Engineering honors the memory of Warren J. Lovingfoss, Class of 1952, husband, father and resident of Houston.

Their scholarship, established with a $120,000 gift through the Texas A&M Foundation, will provide financial assistance for high-achieving students, preferably U.S. residents who are members of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. The Von Gonten Scholars Program is named for the late W.D. “Doug” Von Gonten, an influential department head whose years of service resulted in the unprecedented growth of petroleum engineering at Texas A&M.

“The oil and gas industry is a growing, high-tech business that will need a large number of new engineers entering the workforce in the near future,” said Stephen A. Holditch, director of the Texas A&M Energy Institute.  “As a member of our Industry Board, no one knows this better than Don Lovingfoss. We greatly appreciate the impact this scholarship will provide as our department recruits bright, young freshmen who will be the answer to that need.”

Warren Lovingfoss earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M. After graduation, he served as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Following that, he worked for Texaco in Louisiana and Houston. After being hired by Conoco in 1969, he was transferred to the California oil fields where he spent the rest of his career. Later he started a small independent oil company.

“It wasn’t long before he realized that being ‘independent’ was what he really enjoyed,” said Don Lovingfoss ’87.

Warren served as president of Lovingfoss & Bowman Petroleum Consultants until his retirement in 2003. He died in 2008 at age 77 from a sudden heart attack.

Warren and his wife, Ada, were married for 54 years and had five children. Warren was involved with church missions in the Ukraine, served as Chairman of the Board of Ventura’s Salvation Army, and volunteered at Ventura’s Project Understanding (a homeless shelter), and worked with Ventura City Council to help stem drug use.

Donald Lovingfoss, son, is president of Santa Clarita, Calif.-based Lovingfoss Energy, as well as an owner and board member of North Plains Energy. He worked for Seneca Resources after graduating with a B.S. in petroleum engineering. He joined Union Bank of California in 1990 as vice president/senior petroleum engineer and in 2003 left to start Lovingfoss Energy.

“Don and his family remember how passionate an Aggie their father was and this scholarship will help current and future generations of Aggies graduate from A&M and be passionate Aggies for the rest of their lives,” said Brady Bullard, director of development for engineering with the Texas A&M Foundation.

The foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises major gifts and manages endowments for the sole benefit of Texas A&M University.

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