Title and Description Page
Childhood and Early Education 1
Growing up in Birmingham, Alabama. Father's career in gasoline distribution. Influence of parents. Importance of education.
College Years 3
Scholarship to Vanderbilt University. Decision to study chemical engineering. Summer work at Exxon's Baton Rouge Refinery.
Early Career 5
Returning to Exxon. Decision not to pursue advanced degree. Rapid advancement at Baton Rouge Refinery. Competition at Exxon. Division of Exxon's chemical company from oil company.
Research and Development 12
Clinton facility. Attempts to increase R&D at Exxon. Importance of researchers. Encouraging innovation.
Diversification of Exxon 18
Moving to New York. Development of Vydec and low-cost fax machine. Exxon Nuclear Company. Belief in nuclear energy. Exploring uranium. Work with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Public disenchantment with nuclear energy. Importance of diversification.
Later Career 21
Working with Edwin Holmer. Matrix management system. Involvement in Chemical Manufacturers Association. Development of Responsible Care. Organizing Clean Sites, Inc. Environmental work with the Conservation Foundation.
Retirement. Involvement with Hercules. Final thoughts on the chemical industry.