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John Alston Crichton

CRICHTON, , JOHN ALSTON (JACK) Born October 16, 1916 on a cotton plantation in Crichton, Louisiana to Tom and Mary Crichton, John Alston "Jack" Crichton passed away at his home in Dallas on December 10, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Crichton, and daughter Catherine Morris and her husband Craig, and daughter Anne Crews and her husband Kyle. Jack is also survived by his sister Frances "Dinks" Atkinson and his granddaughter, Cassie Morris and his grandson, John Morris. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Joe Crichton. Jack graduated from Byrd High School in Shreveport in 1933, from whence he boarded a train to College Station Texas to begin a long relationship with his beloved Texas A&M University. After graduating with honors, (BS Petroleum Engineering), in 1937 from A&M, -- while also earning athletic letters in Tennis, Basketball and Cross Country Track -- Jack subsequently earned a Master of Science degree from MIT, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Jack proudly served his country during the Second World War in the U.S. Army as Special Agent OSS in Europe, where he was awarded the Bronze Star, Five Battle Stars and numerous other Citations of Merit. He was a retired Colonel in the US Army Reserves. Jack's career as an international petroleum consultant, engineer, geologist, oil and gas executive, explorer and writer and his love for travel led him to work in Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Libya, United Arab Emirates, Cuba, Honduras, Nicaragua, Venezuela, the Arctic, Alaska, Ceylon, Wales, Canada, Somalia, Egypt, Columbia, Vietnam and Brazil. He served as President of several companies, including Yemen Development Corporation, Dorchester Gas Corporation and Arabian American Development Company. He served as a Director to Florida Gas Company, Clark Oil and Refining, Whitehall Corporation. Transco Energy, Dorchester Gas Corp and Consolidated Development Corporation. He was Co-Author of the "Dynamic Petroleum Industry", published by University of Oklahoma Press. In 1964 he served his Republican Party of Texas as Candidate for Governor. Jack was a Past President of the Dallas Petroleum Engineers Club. He served his Alma Mater as President of the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M, President of the Lettermen's Association and Chairman of the A&M Development Foundation. He was a member of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, where he served as Deacon and Elder. He was also a long-term member of Northwood Club, Dallas Petroleum Club and Explorers Club. A memorial service celebrating Jack's life will be held Saturday, December 15 at 1pm in the main sanctuary of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, Preston Road at Walnut Hill, in Dallas. If desired, donations may be made to the Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church Foundation, 9800 Preston Road, Dallas 75230, or to the Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, TX 77840-2811 Special thanks to the wonderful associates of American Hospice for their loving care extended to Jack.

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Published in Dallas Morning News from Dec. 13 to Dec. 15, 2007
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