H. Robert "Bob" Hirsch died on March 4, 2013. He was born in Sherman, Texas, December 3, 1933, the son of Rufus A. and Margerie Cleve Hirsch. He attended grade school in Elk, New Mexico, in a one-room schoolhouse where there were twelve students in eight grades and his aunt was the teacher. Bob graduated from Austin High School in El Paso and received a B.S. Degree in physics and geology from University of Texas at El Paso.
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In 1956 Bob went to work as a geophysicist for Magnolia Petroleum Company, which later became Mobil Oil Company. His twenty years with Mobil involved eleven years in all areas of geophysical applications, two years in financial planning and seven years as division, region and ultimately corporate exploration manager in Mobil's New York headquarters.
Bob left Mobil in 1976 to join The Superior Oil Company as vice president of exploration and in 1978 he was elected senior vice president of exploration and minerals and was elected director. In 1981 he formed Conquest Exploration Company where he was chairman and CEO until the company was sold in 1990. In 1986 he was given Chief Executive Officer Award in Oil Producers Industry by The Wall Street Transcript and in 2006 he was elected to the Off Shore Center Technology Hall of Fame in Galveston. He was most proud of the fact that his son has followed him into oil exploration.
For twenty-nine years he ran a small cow-calf operation on a ranch near Navasota. There he delighted in helping granddaughters show farm animals. Upon selling the ranch, he moved to Comanche Trace in Kerrville.
He was a charter member of Northwoods Presbyterian Church in Houston where he served as an elder. In Kerrville he was a member of First Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the Club at Comanche Trace, Alto Lakes Golf and Country Club near Ruidoso, New Mexico, and the A.R.E. Group of retired oil executives in Houston.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his son Eric. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marjorie; son Les Hirsch and wife Melanie; granddaughters Erica Rae Hirsch, Monica Ashley Hirsch, Lesley Ann Hirsch, Lauren Marie Hirsch, and Tessa Hirsch; grandson Titan Hirsch; sisters Betty Capehart and husband Charles, Louise Duke and husband James, Lillian Bidal and Ruth Anne Dorr.
A memorial service will be held Friday, March 8, 11 AM in the chapel of First Presbyterian Church of Kerrville. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to First Presbyterian Church, 800 Jefferson, Kerrville, Texas 78028 or a
Condolences may be sent at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 6, 2013