Oilman & Philanthropist
Lloyd Noble was the second of three children born to Samuel Roberts and Hattie Edith Skinner Noble. He was born in Ardmore, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, on November 30, 1896. His education included attending the University of Oklahoma in 1916–but the death of his father, a year’s stint in the U.S. Navy, and an unwillingness to study, precluded his graduation. But it was in his university days that he became interested in the oil business. In 1921 he and Art Olson formed a partnership as contract drillers. By 1930, the firm had grown to a point that Olson and Noble divided the company and went their separate ways with Lloyd forming the Noble Drilling Company. He soon became involved in Oklahoma’s political and cultural activities. He was elected to the 10th Oklahoma Legislature. From 1934 to 1949 he served on the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents.
Lloyd used the wealth he earned in the petroleum industry for many philanthropic causes–the majority went to establish The Noble Foundation. Its primary purpose, initially, was to assist famers and ranchers with the utilization and preservation of their land. The University of Oklahoma has received generous funding from The Noble Foundation in honor of Lloyd Noble’s devotion to the school, notably the Lloyd Noble Center and The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.
Mr. Noble’s daughter, Ann Noble Brown, participated in this oral history interview. Ann reflects on the memory of her father, Lloyd who died February 14, 1950 at the age of 53 years old.
Interview with Ann Noble Brown about Lloyd Noble
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Date Created: August 29, 2011
Date Published: November 15, 2011
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.