The Career of Everette Lee DeGolyer

Lecture and Book Signing with Author Houston Faust Mount II

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014
Time: Reception 6pm in Texana Room, lecture 6:30pm in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room
Location: DeGolyer Library, 6404 Robert S. Hyer Lane (view campus maps and parking information)

RSVP: Please contact Terre Heydari at 214-768-3637 or

Books will be available for purchase at this event.

Book Cover: Oilfield RevolutionaryAbout the Book

Everette Lee DeGolyer wore many hats—and he wore them with distinction. Though not a geophysicist, he helped make geophysics central to oil exploration. Though not a politician, he played an important role in the national politics of energy. Though trained as a geologist, he became an important business executive. DeGolyer left his stamp on oil exploration and his name on a number of philanthropic institutions, including the DeGolyer Library at Southern Methodist University.

About the Author

Houston Faust Mount II was born in Tulsa, OK where his father worked for many years as a scientist at the Amoco Research Center. He graduated from the University of Tulsa in 1997 with a B.A. in history. His first professional interest in petroleum was from an Oil and Gas Law course taught by Ernest Smith at the University of Texas at Austin, where he later received his J.D. in 2000. After entering the SMU doctoral program in history in 2003, he began research in the Everette Lee DeGolyer papers, leading to his dissertation and the basis of his book Oilfield Revolutionary. In 2008, he received his Ph.D. from SMU. Shortly thereafter he began his career as an assistant professor of history at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, where he currently teaches.

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Sponsored by the DeGolyer Library, the Friends of the SMU Libraries, and the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies

Cover image from book jacket: Everette Lee DeGolyer Sr. (seated) on Potrero del Llano oil well with geologist Leon Russ, DeGolyer Library, Mss 60.