Elected in 1985
“For contributions to petroleum production technology and to the growth of the engineering profession.”
BY FAZLE HUSSAIN
ALLEN FRANKLIN RHODES was born in Estherville, Iowa, on October 3, 1924, son of the late Esther Butler Rhodes and Edwin James Rhodes. He was a lifelong resident of Houston, except for 10 winters north during the height of his business career.
A graduate of Lamar High School, he held a B.S.M.E. from Rice and Villanova universities and an M.B.A. from the University of Houston. From 1943 to 1946, Allen Rhodes was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, serving as a torpedo bomber pilot aboard the aircraft carrier CVE Vella Gulf in the North Pacific.
He began his career in 1947 with Hughes Tool Company as assistant to the director of engineering. He later joined McEvoy Company, where he served as director of engineering, vice president of engineering and manufacturing, and president at the time of its merger with Rockwell Manufacturing Company in 1963. Joining Rockwell as general manager of the Houston plant, he moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1964 to assume the position of vice president of research and engineering. There he organized Rockwell’s first central research laboratory.