Harry Trueblood Foundation Scholarship in Petroleum Engineering
Harry A. Trueblood, Jr. is currently President and Managing Member of HAT Resources, LLC, a family-owned energy company, and a Director of Nytis Exploration Company, a privately-owned exploration and production company, with operations in Canada and the United States. He also manages the portfolio and serves as VP/Treasurer of The Harry Trueblood Foundation which he founded in 1969. Its principal activity for over forty years has been to fund partial scholarships and fellowships at secondary schools and universities in Colorado, along with petroleum engineering students at The University of Texas at Austin, who choose their student grant recipients based primarily on merit. The total amount granted each academic year is determined by the success of the investment portfolio for the prior year.
Harry A. Trueblood, Jr.
Harry was born in Wichita Falls, TX on August 28,1925 to Harry A Trueblood, Sr. and Marguerite Barnhart Trueblood but spent most of his childhood years in Childress, TX where he was educated in the Public School System in Grades one through eleven (no 12th or kindergarten existed) graduating with honors on June 1, 1942. During his high school years, he was editor of the annual, sports editor of the paper, member of the debate team, tennis team, band and was also elected to Who’s Who in Texas High Schools. He worked at after school jobs for all four years in high school.
Harry helped found Boy Scout Troop 63 in Childress so that he could become a Boy Scout in February, 1938 after that troop received an official charter. Thereafter, in a period of 27 months, he received his Eagle Scout badge on June 7, 1940, only the second individual in Childress County to have achieved that distinction. He was awarded his Bronze Palm on 12/28/40 and his Gold Palm on 6/19/41 and was pursuing his Silver Palm when the U.S. entered World War II on December 7, 1941. While an active Boy Scout, he was elected to the Order of the Arrow, served as Patrol Leader, Junior Assistant Scoutmaster and helped to found as well as lead the first Explorer Scout group in Childress, TX in 1941. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout award from the BSA after nomination by the Denver Area Council.
After high school graduation, he worked three months for an engineering firm on a construction job before enrolling for one semester at Texas A & M College in Petroleum Engineering and then transferring to the University of Texas in Austin in January 1943. Harry joined a social fraternity, Kappa Alpha Order (VP), was elected to the prestigious honorary organization, Texas Cowboys (Camp Cook), and was active in many facets of campus activities before departing for naval service in August 1944. He was on active duty from September 1, 1944 to June, 1946, primarily serving in the Pacific theater aboard a minesweeper, the USS Concise AM 163, and rose to the rank of Yeoman 2C. Following receipt of an honorable discharge from the USNR on June 3rd, 1946, Harry returned to Austin to resume his Petroleum Engineering studies. He was able to live at home with his parents who had moved to Austin after the war ended and, with the aid of the GI Bill, plus his wartime savings, he avoided having to work a job. As a result, Harry completed almost three years of his remaining required engineering classes between June, 1946 and August, 1948. He received his BS in Petroleum Engineering diploma by mail to facilitate immediately reporting to his junior petroleum engineering job in New Orleans with The California Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Standard Oil of California. His first assignment was with the Mississippi/North Lousiana division in Natchez, MS and then transferred to the Gulf Coast division in Harvey, Louisiana where he initially worked offshore in the Grand Isle area. After offshore operations were shut down in Dec. 1950, he was assigned as an exploration drilling engineer onshore south Louisiana before he resigned and returned to Texas to seek employment with an independent operator.
The Harry Trueblood Foundation Scholarship in Petroleum Engineering
was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas
System on August 14, 1981, for the benefit of the Cockrell School of
Engineering. Gift funds were provided by The Harry Trueblood Foundation
of Denver, Colorado.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS CHRONOLOGICALLY
In addition to the aforementioned companies, Harry also served as Chairman and/or CEO of several additional companies which were either originated by him or acquired by Consolidated. These included R L Burns Corp. (NYSE) from 1979-81 which had coal mines and oil and natural gas properties; Worldwide Energy Corp (formerly known as Cold Lake Pipeline) (TSE) from 1964-71; Holiday Airlines Inc (aka Holiday Resources) (OTC) from 1969-78; and as principal founder/owner of Eagle County Development Corp in 1961-64 when the Vail ski area commenced initial operations and again in 1969-76 (during which time it also became known as Princeville Corp (OTC), a subsidiary of Consolidated), as developer of the eastern portion of Vail valley and the famous Princeville golf resort community on the north shore of Kauai, HI.–a career total of eight separate public companies of which he was involved as CEO.
INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS and CLUB MEMBERSHIPS, AWARDS, AND OFFICES HELD
Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA)—VP, Director, and Executive Committee; Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States (IPAMS)–-one of its Founding Members in the 1970s, in 2006 received its Wildcatter of the Year “Lifetime Achievement Award” which award recognizes a longtime distinguished career in the Rocky Mountain oil and natural gas industry along with service in industry associations and community activities; Natural Gas Supply Association–-Executive Committee for five years in 1980s; American Petroleum Institute – 25 Year Club; Society of Petroleum Engineers (Legion of Honor)—currently a member for over 60 years. In 2004, Harry was honored by being elected to the inaugural class of the Rocky Mountain Oil & Gas Hall of Fame which was made up of some 60 honorees (many of whom who were deceased at the time of the induction ceremony). Harry was elected to the Young Presidents Organization in 1961, helped organize the Rocky Mountain Chapter and was twice its Chapter Chairman 1962-64; in 1974 joined the Chief Executive Organization (Director 1978-80) and the World Presidents Organization; was first elected to Who’s Who in America in 1966 at age 41 and was elected to Who’s Who in the World in 2005 at age 80. He is a founding member of both the One Hundred Club of Denver and the Flatirons Club at the University of Colorado. Also, he is presently or has been a member of the Cherry Hills Country Club; Denver Petroleum Club; University Club; Denver Club; and Denver Athletic Club; a Trustee of Denver Country Day School; Director of Central Bank & Trust Co.; and served as a Director or Trustee of several other not for profit organizations. In 2007, Harry was named a Distinguished Engineering Graduate by the Cockrell School of Engineering of University of TX –Austin.