Year Inducted: 1999
Ralph Thomas McDermott
When he was only 24, Ralph Thomas McDermott contracted to build 50 wooden derricks in Luling, Texas. This contract launched the famous J. Ray McDermott Company, named in honor of Ralph Thomas’ father. The company moved to Houston in 1932. Following World War II, the company began building platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. McDermott’s company gained an unequaled reputation for proficiency in engineering and construction of offshore drilling and production platforms, underwater pipelines and onshore facilities. The future of the offshore industry was determined by the company’s invention and introduction of pile template (jacket) structures.