John F. Bookout, Jr.
F. Bookout, Jr. pledged his career and the future of Shell to deepwater
oil and gas development. He began as a geologist and was a pioneer in
understanding the potential of oil and gas reserves especially in the Gulf
of Mexico. In 1967 as exploration manager for Shell, he aggressively led
their acquiring a leading position in offshore leases, which proved
fortuitous. Later, as president of Shell Oil US, he provided the direction
to develop the geologic and mechanical technology required to lead the
industry into oil and natural gas exploration and development in waters
deeper than 1,000 feet.