Elected in 1990
“For recognition of his pioneering contributions to blowout prevention
leading to safe economical drilling of high-pressure oil-gas wells.”
BY FRANK J. SCHUH
WILLIAM C. “DUB” GOINS, JR., senior vice president of O’Brien-Goins-Simpson & Associates, Inc., and a respected innovator of oil and gas drilling and completion technology, particularly in blowout prevention, died May 22, 2009, at the age of 88.
Dub was born in Dallas, Texas, on December 22, 1920. He was the first son of William Cecil Goins, Sr., and Winnie Lee Richburg. He attended Texas A&M University, where he received a B.S. in chemical engineering in 1942. He served in the Chemical Corps from May 1942 to October 1945, with a final rank of captain.
He joined Gulf Oil Company in 1945 and began a career in drilling and completion engineering and research assignments. He was one of the industry’s top drilling engineering pioneers. While there were many opportunities to improve drilling operations during Dub’s early career, there was little interest in pursuing them at most oil companies.
During the mid-1950s, W. C. “Dub” Goins and his sidekick T. B. O’Brien, however, had the opportunity to work on a high-profile drilling problem, and they used it to become the world’s champions in applying engineering technology to oil drilling operations. They single-handedly changed our nontechnical drilling business into an engineering lead enterprise. The