George H. Fancher, Jr.

B.S. P.E. 1961; M.S. P.E 1962
Owner, Fancher Oil Company

Mr. George H. Fancher Jr. earned both his bachelor’s degree in 1961 and master’s degree in 1962 in petroleum engineering from UT Austin.

After graduating he was employed by The California Company (now Chevron) as a petroleum engineer in Wyoming and Colorado. In 1966, he joined Ball Brothers Research Corporation in Boulder, Colo., followed by two years with an independent oil company. He formed Smith-Fancher in 1969, which was an independent oil producer in the Rocky Mountain and mid-continent regions. In 1980 he formed Fancher Oil Company and has operated as sole proprietor since that time.

Fancher has been a director of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States (IPAMS), Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Association, and is a member of the Wyoming Independent Petroleum Association. He is a registered petroleum engineer in Texas and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

He was recipient of the Denver Petroleum Club’s 1994 Man of the Year Award, and the 1995 Desk and Derrick Club of Denver’s Oil Recognition Award for outstanding service in promoting the petroleum industry. He was presented the IPAMS’ Wildcatter-of-the-Year Award in 1996.

In 1982 he and R.B. Trull established the George H. Fancher Professorship in Petroleum Engineering and the George H. Fancher Centennial Teaching Fellowship in Petroleum Engineering, in honor of his father, a former chairman of the Department of Petroleum Engineering at UT Austin. He is also a member of the Chancellor’s Council and the Littlefield Society at The University.

Upon retiring from Exxon in 1986, he organized a petroleum engineering consulting firm specializing in well stimulation and has been awarded six more patents. He was named a distinguished member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers in 1990 and received the Society's Distinguished Service Award in 1990 and its John Franklin Carll Award in 1992. In 1994, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He is a member of the UT System's Chancellor's Council and the University's Littlefield Society and is a life member of Friends of Alec.

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