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WILFRED BONNO TAPPER

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WILFRED BONNO TAPPER, known as "Tap" to his business associates and "Wif" to his family and friends, died in Houston, Texas on July 17, 2010, at the age of 93. Wif was born on January 20, 1917, in Minneapolis, Minnesota and grew up in Iowa City, Iowa. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geology from State University of Iowa in 1938 and 1939 and attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1955. Tap enlisted in the United States Navy in September 1943 and served as Gunnery Officer, Executive Officer and ultimately Commanding Officer of USS YMS 337 and USS YMS 358 until November 1945, attaining the rank of Lieutenant. Tap's entire business career was spent in the petroleum industry. From 1939 to 1957, with the exception of his active duty in the US Navy during World War II, Tap worked for Halliburton Oil Well Cementing Company (now Halliburton Company) first in various capacities in the field as Helper, Operator, District Engineer, and Division Manager in North Texas, East Texas, Mississippi, and North Louisiana and later as General Manager and Vice President of the Electrical Well Services Department in Duncan, Oklahoma. Tap then served as Vice President and Resident General Manager of Chaco Petroleum, S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of Tennessee Gas Transmission Company, overseeing the operation of two seismic crews, six geological surface parties and two wildcat drilling rigs in Cochabamba, Bolivia from 1957 to 1959. From 1959 to 1964, Tap was Vice President of Williams Brothers Companies (now the Williams Companies) in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he was active principally in engineering and finance, acquiring proven production, and generating and drilling wildcat prospects. Tap worked for American Independent Oil Company (Aminoil) in New York City from 1964 to 1966 acting as the operational liaison between the New York office and field operations in Iran and the Neutral Zone of Kuwait. Tap spent the remainder of his career working as an International Consultant. He was retained by Tenneco, Inc. from 1966 to 1988 and worked with other American, Arab, and European clients primarily initiating, evaluating and negotiating mineral and oil concessions, petrochemical ventures, tanker projects, and foreign crude purchases in the Middle East, Iran, Nigeria, Bolivia, Argentina, and Turkey. Wif and his wife, Fannie Scott Howard Tapper, whom he married on May 6, 1983, were wonderful companions who enjoyed lively conversations and spent many years sailing in Galveston Bay, cruising in their motor trawler along the mid-Atlantic coast, and traveling in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Wif was a wonderful storyteller with a singular personality who was adored by his friends and extended family. In addition to his wife, Wif is survived by his son, Lee S. Tapper, of Portland, Oregon, grandchildren Clinton and Ann Tapper, niece Judith Williams, and step-children Scott P. Howard, Marietta H. King and Elizabeth Howard Crowell. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 2450 River Oaks Blvd., Houston, Texas, The Reverend Laurens A. Hall officiating. Donations may be made in Wif's memory to St. John the Divine Episcopal Church for the benefit of the Episcopal University of Haiti.

Published in Houston Chronicle from July 20 to July 21, 2010
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