Robert L. Parker
Robert L. (Bob) Parker Sr., a Tulsa native, graduated from Culver Military Academy in Indiana and earned a B.S. degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas. In 1954 he purchased Parker Drilling from his father, an Illinois farmer who founded the company twenty years earlier. Serving as president, Mr. Parker took the company public in 1969 and was elected chairman and chief executive officer. In 2006 Robert Parker became chairman emeritus of the company.
Under his leadership, Parker Drilling became a world leader in deep drilling and is known for having opened China and the Soviet Union to Western drilling techniques. His role as a petroleum leader was recognized when then-President Ronald Reagan tapped him to be the chairman of the U.S. Energy Policy Task Force.
Among Bob Parker’s many honors, he is also a distinguished alumnus of the University of Texas and is a member of the Petroleum Hall of Fame.
Interview with Robert L. Parker
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Date Created: April 8, 2009
Date Published: April 23, 2015
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.
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