Bailey John


John A. Bailey

The late John A. Bailey (MS '59) served the university for 50 years with Petroleum Abstracts, the clearinghouse for petroleum industry publications. He joined TU in 1969 as the information technology manager for the emerging PA service.

As Petroleum Abstracts director, Bailey focused on extending computer capabilities and on promoting subscriptions abroad - an effort that included adventuresome travels throughout the world's oil producing regions. In 1981, he returned his full focus to Information Technology, developing the division's first webpage and a number of electronic and Internet products.

He also taught computer science throughout the '70s and early '80s. Bethany Crow, a former student and later colleague, remembers John as "the kind of teacher who gives you knowledge AND the confidence to apply it."

John was a generous donor to TU, supporting the engineering college, McFarlin Library, the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge, the Presidential Scholars program and other initiatives. He also established a substantial estate gift honoring his parents, Hattie V. and Coral M. Bailey.