Richard O. Wilson
Dick Wilson was born in Coleman, Texas but attended Guatemalan local schools through the eighth grade and then Lampasas High School. The United States Navy assigned him to the Rice Institute as part of their regular officer training program. He graduated with a civil engineering degree.
He served in the United States Marine Corp as a combat engineer officer in Korea. Dick spent 52 years working in the offshore oil and gas industry in Venezuela, Brazil, the North Sea, the Persian Gulf, west Africa, and Mexico.
He is a director of Flotek Inc. He held principal directorships in Callon Petroleum, AOC International, and OGC International PLC, Dolphin Drilling A/S, Halliburton Services, and Brown & Root, Inc.
He enjoys history, art, travel, and is an antique map collector. He and his wife, Mary Ellen, have five children and 16 grandchildren.
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