Elected in 1987
“For exceptional teaching of university and industry courses and the promotion of cooperative oil and gas drilling and production research.”
BY JAMES BRILL
KERMIT EARL BROWN, professor emeritus of petroleum engineering at the University of Tulsa (TU) and one of the world’s foremost experts on the production of oil and gas, passed away on December 10, 2009, at the age of 86.
He built his career around innovative ideas, applied research, and industry solutions. But Kermit’s love of teaching drove everything he did. Because of his passion for knowledge and his commitment to mentorship, many of his students have become the petroleum industry’s top executives and researchers and have propelled the industry to new heights.
Kermit was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1987 and was named a Legend of Production and Operations by the Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal of Petroleum Technology in 2009.
Known for his West Texas folksy demeanor, Kermit was born on a cotton farm in Haskell, Texas, on November 2, 1923. His small high school did not offer enough science and math to enroll in the local junior college, so Kermit taught himself from textbooks and passed the entrance exams on his own. Like many young men in the 1940s, he interrupted his schooling to serve his country, enlisting in the Army Air Corp where he became a World War II reconnaissance pilot flying in Europe.