Carl L. Reistle, Jr.

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Carl L. Reistle, Jr.

Carl L. Reistle, Jr.

“Although I have spent much of my working life away from here, I consider Oklahoma ‘home ground.’”
Carl Reistle, Jr.


Carl L. Reistle, Jr., was born in Colorado and reared in Oklahoma. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, he began a career in Bartlesville, and gained an international reputation in the petroleum industry. With a Chemical Engineering degree from OU, he joined the U.S. Bureau of Mines and moved from Bartlesville to Wyoming, and finally to Texas. Early in his career he was a scientist and inventor, using his engineering knowledge and skill to develop improvements and innovations essential to the development of the petroleum industry. In the mid-1930’s he began a long association with the Humble Oil and Refining Company as engineer in charge of the Petroleum Engineering Division. He was ultimately named the company’s president and chief executive officer and was chairman of the board at the time of his retirement from Humble. Reistle served as past president of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers and was awarded its Anthony F. Lucas gold medal. The National Society of Professional Engineers named him “Engineer of the Year” in 1966 and seventeen patents for improvements within the industry bear his name.

Fun fact

In 1965 Mr. Reistle was honored as the first recipient of a leadership award created in his name by the Houston Chapter of Junior Achievement.

Oklahoma connections

Reistle graduated from High School in Oklahoma City in 1918.








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