In Memoriam - E.T. Guerrero

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

E.T. GuerreroIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend, former Department Chairman, and Dean of the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Dr. E.T. Guerrero, 84, on January 21, 2009.

He was born November 2, 1924, in Pleak, TX. He is survived by: his loving wife of 59 years, Isabelle A. Guerrero, who was his childhood friend and sweetheart; son, Phillip E. Guerrero and his wife Wanda; son, Gregory A. Guerrero; daughter, Elizabeth Guerrero Pool and her husband Keith; son, David A. Guerrero and his wife Stephanie; 13 grandchildren; and 4 great- grandchildren; and his surviving sisters, Lupita Martinez and Herminia Guerra; and his surviving brother, Vidal (Billy) Guerrero.

After 7 months of college where he received ROTC training, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp. on April 15, 1943 and served as a 1st Lieutenant and navigator in C-46 and C-47 airplanes in the Pacific theater for the remainder of WWII and until July 5, 1946. After leaving the Air Corp. he received four degrees from Texas A&M University and was the first person to receive a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M, as well as one of the first in the country. In 1953, he went to work for Seeligson Engineering and worked in utilization of the Seeligson oil field in Jim Wells and Kleberg Counties, TX. In 1956, he was the first Ph.D. to be hired by The University of Tulsa's Petroleum Engineering Department and started its Ph.D. program. He also served as Department Head for the program and later served as Dean of the College of Engineering & Physical Sciences for 10 years. During his 34 years of service to The University of Tulsa he helped to improve the curriculum, faculty and research efforts in the Engineering College, and to obtain full accreditation for the Petroleum Engineering College. He created TU's petroleum abstract service, which is still used by major Oil and Gas companies worldwide and also served as its first Director. He wrote more than 100 articles on reservoir engineering applications in the Tulsa-based Oil and Gas Journal, authored or co-authored 28 additional publications, and his "Practical Reservoir Engineering" papers are still considered among the best in explaining important applications in reservoir engineering. He was honored by TU as Mr. Homecoming in 1988 and pursued his business investments and enjoyed his retirement after that time. E.T. will be greatly missed by his family and friends.