Other Notable Deaths


December 08, 2007


Oil executive

Robert O. Anderson, whose two-decade tenure as chief executive officer of Atlantic Richfield Co. included the discovery of North America's largest oil field, died Sunday at his home in Roswell, N.M., his family said.

Mr. Anderson graduated from the University of Chicago in 1939 and went on to work for the American Mineral Spirits Co. He later purchased a small oil refinery in southeastern New Mexico and bought and expanded several other refineries.

He served as chief executive officer of Atlantic Richfield for 17 years and was chairman of the board for 21 years. During his tenure, Atlantic Richfield announced the discovery of oil at Prudhoe Bay in Alaska's North Slope in 1968.

He retired from the company in 1986 and formed Hondo Oil & Gas Co., serving as CEO until he retired in 1994.

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