The Dr. Ronald J. Robinson ’74 Memorial Fellowship will be endowed by friends with a $25,000 gift to the Texas A&M Foundation. Recipients will be students working toward a master’s degree in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering.

“As a graduate student, Ron benefited from scholarships that rewarded his tenacity and hard work. This fellowship in his name will continue to help deserving students further their education and bring new talent into the field,” said Bonnie Robinson, his wife of 40 years.

Robinson served as Texas A&M petroleum engineering department head and holder of the Albert B. Stevens Endowed Chair from late 2001 until 2003.

“This is a fitting memorial to honor Dr. Robinson’s impact on the profession through his successful career in industry and his service to Texas A&M. This perpetual fellowship will allow Texas A&M to attract top graduate students who will help develop new oil and gas technologies needed to provide the world’s future energy supply,” said Stephen A. Holditch, petroleum engineering department head and holder of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Endowed Chair.

Robinson received his Ph.D. in petroleum engineering at Texas A&M in 1974 after earning a B.S. in physics and mathematics from the University of Southern Colorado and an M.S. in physics from Baylor University.

He was employed by Getty Oil Co. in 1974 and held positions of increasing responsibility. After a period with Grace Petroleum and Intercomp Resource and Consulting, he re-joined Getty Oil in 1980.

Following Texaco Inc.’s acquisition of Getty Oil, Robinson was named general manager of Exploration and Production Technology and in 1996 became president of the Texaco Technology Division. He retired from Chevron/Texaco in 2001.

He was recognized as a NASA Fellow and earned numerous professional awards.

At the time of his death in August 2009, Robinson was a member of the board of directors of Ensyn and Berry Petroleum Company and a member of its compensation and its corporate governance and nominating committees. He also served as board chairman for Sheltering Arms Senior Services, a United Way Agency, and as a board member for numerous other corporations and ventures.

“Dr. Robinson strongly supported the petroleum engineering department through his service and leadership. This fellowship will ensure that his name remains a part of petroleum engineering at Texas A&M for generations to come,” said Brady Bullard, director of development for engineering with the Texas A&M Foundation.

The Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M ranks first in undergraduate programs and second in graduate programs among public universities in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report.

Written by Betsy Ellison