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Item 982: 00982_Brown, R.J._MMS/BOEM

 Item — Box: 17

Interviewer: Tyler Priest

Affiliation: University of Houston

Robert J. Brown found his first job in the petroleum industry in 1950, working as the tail chainman on a Tennessee Gas pipeline survey crew. His tenure with Tenneco took him between sites in New England and Texas, and then on to the Muskrat Pipeline in the marshes of Louisiana. By 1969, Brown left to serve as chief engineer for the Collins Construction Company, and in that position he took on work as far afield as Venezuela and the Persian Gulf. Brown earned a master’s degree in civil engineering at Stanford University in 1962, and seven years later he and two partners formed R.J. Brown and Associates. There, Brown oversaw work on designing and fabricating lay-barges; pipeline towing operations in the North Sea and elsewhere; and innovative work in the Canadian Arctic in the mid-1970s. As of the interview date, Brown’s company, a subsidiary of Technip, was named R.J. Brown Deepwater.


  • 1996-2017

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Oral history interviews are only available for use when the University of Houston Libraries is in possession of a release form signed by both interviewee and interviewer allowing for such access.


From the Collection: 25.0 linear feet

Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA