As a young night student at Lee College in Baytown, Texas, I got a job with Humble Oil in 1952/53 working as an office boy in the Baytown Refinery Engineering Department. My duties included office support, sorting mail and delivery of Engineering materials all over to various offices. I drove a motor scooter. In my job I received valuable counseling from a very nice and sensitive group of professional engineers about careers in engineering.

A Mr. J.J. Devorac was the Engineering Manager and also helped to plant valuable thoughts about how to a achieve my developing objectives. Long story short is that I went on to graduate in 1955, majoring in chemistry and engineering, with honors at The University of Texas in Austin.

The early insights provided by these very helpful professionals laid the foundation that enabled my progression to a very successful 41 year professional and management career in the oil business.

Edward Gayle Johnson

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