George M. Myers

28 September 1927 - 23 February 2022

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George M. Myers

Dr. George M. Myers, petroleum engineer originally from Texas but who became a resident of the world through his work travels, died in New York City on February 23, 2022, at the age of 94 years. George is survived by his wife, Adela (nee Escudero), his children, Jorge and Lorna, his grandsons, Kyle and Kaleb and his brother, Tom.

George was born in Houston Texas on September 28, 1927 to Edward and Georgette Myers. He grew up during the Great Depression, enlisted in the Marine Corps and was a veteran of the Korean War. George was very proud of his service in the US Marine Corps, “Once a Marine, always a Marine.”

George went on to be the first in his family to earn a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, Texas. His employment as a petroleum engineer took him to Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and more.

Among several significant and challenging projects in Saudi Arabia, George was instrumental in developing petroleum production at Shaybah, a massive oil field deep in the Rub’ al-Khali, one of the most remote areas on Earth. As documented on the Saudi Aramco website, "We knew we’d need innovative ideas to meet the significant engineering challenges. It was this approach, alongside our advances in horizontal drilling, 3D seismic imaging and other leading-edge technology, that opened Shaybah as an opportunity.” George was a significant part of this effort.

During their time in Saudi Arabia, George, Adela and family made their home in Abqaiq.

He loved learning about new cultures, was especially proud of his mastery of Spanish, and felt that Argentina was his second home. After officially retiring, he continued to work in the petroleum industry—which he loved—as a consultant.

During many long airplane trips to the far reaches of Saudi Arabia, George passed the time authoring numerous novels, two of which are published in print and as eBooks on, Leche and Ironass. His novels are mostly based on the characters and circumstances he encountered in his many foreign assignments.

A man of many talents, he was an assiduous reader of history and constantly engaged in the political debates of his times. In his last years, his life was brightened by his grandsons, of whom he would speak about to anyone who was willing to listen.

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