With his partner, Senator
Robert Kerr, Dean McGee built Kerr-McGee into a prosperous Oklahoma-based
independent oil company before World War II. When opportunity beckoned
offshore in the Gulf of Mexico after the war, McGee and Kerr bet their
company's future on the new offshore industry. Among their pioneering
ventures was the construction and operation of Kermac 16, the platform
which produced the first oil from a structure out of sight of land in the
Gulf of Mexico in November, 1947.