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Stanley O. Hutchison


07/18/1922 - 07/26/2014 Obituary
Stanley O. Hutchison Obituary
Born in Osborn, Kansas to John Reed and Mabel Magdelene Hutchison, Stanley Hutchison was the youngest of seven children. The family moved to Harrisonville, Missouri where he grew up. After high school he worked at the Solar Aircraft factory as an inspector but wanted to fly so he enlisted in the Army Air Corp during World War II. He was stationed in 1946 at Riverside California when he met and married Dorothy Shela, an Army nurse who succumbed to cancer in 1975.
As a pilot, he flew fifty successful missions while stationed in Italy and Africa. For him, a successful mission was when all of his crew returned to their airbase alive and unhurt. Stanley earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal four times, the Presidential Unit Citation twice as well as numerous other personal decorations.
After the war ended, he studied Petroleum Engineering at UC Berkeley and during the summers he worked for Standard Oil Company on a well-pulling gang in Coalinga. Following graduation, Stanley immediately began his career with Standard Oil which later became Chevron; he lived in Taft, Kettlemen Hills and Bakersfield over years of assignments. In 1976 he married Madalyn Vaught.
Of his thirty years working in the San Joaquin Valley, Hutchison said his last and best work assignment was as leader of Chevron's New Technology Development Group, where all they did was "invent things to solve problems." He pioneered air and foam drilling to alleviate formation damage. He developed the earliest prototype of downhole heat generation to lower viscosity of heavy crude so that it can be produced. He used wellbore heating to extract casing liners. From his work at Chevron, Stanley is credited with more than 75 successful patents and over 130 published technical papers.
Early in retirement he worked consulting for oil and gas operators all around the world. He retired completely from the petroleum industry in 1985. From then until his last day of life, he studied and succeeded in stock market investing.
In retirement, Stanley and Madalyn traveled to Alaska, the United Kingdom, through the Panama Canal and around Cape Horn. They enjoyed numerous RV outings with Chevron retirees and others to locations such as Calgary for the Stampede, Banff, Lake Louise, Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley, many trips to see the Rose Parade and making nearly annual journeys to Hope Idaho and Quartzsite Arizona.
Stanley was a 33rd Degree Mason and Shriner, participated in other organizations such as the Society of Petroleum Engineering, the American Petroleum Institute, and the Petroleum Production Pioneers. He enjoyed gardening and planted flowers annually for most of his life; he regularly planted a vegetable garden and he loved to go boating on lakes where he could also fish.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Madalyn, his sister Pauline Karnowski and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife Dorothy, his parents, his brothers Ralph and Glen, and by his sisters Dorothy Bunch, Bernita Kingsoliver and Zella De Welles.
A celebration of his life will be held Tuesday August 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Congregational Church, 5 Real Road, Bakersfield, CA. In lieu of flowers, friends may want to donate in Stanley's name to the First Congregational Church, the City of Hope or a charity of personal choice.
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Aug. 3 to Aug. 4, 2014
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