Donald S. Hare

Year Inducted: 2009

Donald S. Hare

Donald S. Hare’s career has spanned nearly six decades in the oil exploration industry.

His early achievements include drilling the discovery well on the Jacalitos field in California and the Ellenberger field in West Texas, development of the Four Bear Anticline in Wyoming and the design and development of the Monterey – Texaco Seal Beach California offshore production island which was the first successful offshore production in California.

His pioneering work included the conception and implementation of early exploration vessels Nesco I, and Western Offshore I and his involvement in the design of the first Pacific Coast “Jackup Drilling Unit” – named “De Long Jacks.” Later this jackup was converted to the first ever jack up offshore production facility.

Over the last thirty years of his distinguished career there were many other innovative accomplishments including his innovative work with commercial diving in offshore development, the triple zone completion and the design, installation, and drilling operation of the Zapata EB 110 Platform A in 600 foot water depth.


13 June 1916

Delano, California


3 September 2003

BS Petroleum Engineering 1941

University of California Berkeley

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