John M. Houchin

President at Phillips 66 Company

2331 CityWest Blvd., Houston, Texas, United States
Phillips 66 Company
HQ Phone:
(281) 293-6600

General Information

Employment History

President  - International Petroleum Exposition


petroleum engineering , 

University of Oklahoma


Board of Regents  - OU Foundation

Board Member  - American Petroleum Institute

Member, Board of Regents  - University of Oklahoma

Founding Member  - Dean McGee Eye Institute

Founding Member  - Oklahoma Eye Foundation

Member of the Executive Committee  - Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association

Web References  

Houchin, John | 1973 - Oklahoma Hall of Fame

John Houchin attended the University of Oklahoma for one year then worked for the Oklahoma Highway Department and as an oilfield roustabout to earn enough money to return to OU and graduate in 1934.
John Houchin was born in Mississippi and began working in 1933 as a roustabout for Phillips Petroleum Company in the oil fields around Oklahoma City, Oklahoma after graduating high school. He served in various production and engineering positions and was named chairman of the Phillips Operating Committee in 1956. In 1962, he became executive vice president and was named chairman of the Board of Directors and chief executive office in 1973. He helped organize the American Independent Oil Company in 1947 and put into production Phillips' first oilfields in Venezuela. Houchin served on the OU Board of Regents (1963-1969) and was on the Board of Directors of the American Petroleum Institute. He was the president of Bartlesville's Chamber of Commerce and was a trustee of the Bartlesville Boys' Club.

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1974 John Houchin--Chairman of Phillips Petroleum Co.

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John M. Houchin, 93, retired chairman of the board of Phillips Petroleum Co. and former University of Oklahoma regent, died Thursday at his residence.A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Bob Bogue officiating under the direction of Neekamp Funeral Home.Houchin was known at Phillips as "Gentleman John," retired executive vice president W.A. "Bob" Roberts explained at Houchin's retirement in 1974.Houchin never raised his voice, but he had a way of explaining his viewpoint and getting his position across in a way that people accepted.Houchin was born Jan. 11, 1909 in Jackson, Miss., the son of John C. and Alah (Chamblin) Houchin, and moved with his family to Muskogee when he was a child.He graduated from high school in Muskogee in 1927.While earning his degree in petroleum engineering, Houchin, in 1933 began working for Phillips Petroleum Co. in the oil fields around Oklahoma City.He continued his career with the company after earning his degree.He served Phillips as superintendent and engineer in a number of company's producing districts before being named as assistant general superintendent in Bartlesville.During a 43-year career with Phillips, Houchin held various positions in the production and executive departments before being elected president of Phillips Petroleum Co. on Sept. 9, 1968.Before retiring, he held the position of chairman of the Board of Directors.Houchin helped organize the American Independent Oil Co., formed in 1947 to explore in the Neutral Zone between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.He also helped put into production Phillips' first oil fields in Venezuela.Houchin was an OU regent from 1963 to 1969, was one of the first three inductees into the OU College of Engineering Hall of Fame and led the fund-raising campaign for the Lloyd Noble Center.In 1972, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Citation, the highest honor given by the university.He was a member of the board of directors of the OU Foundation and was a founding member of the Oklahoma Eye Foundation and the Dean McGee Eye Institute.He was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1973.He also served as president of the Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce, president of Hillcrest Country Club, director of both the First National Bank of Bartlesville and the First National Bank of Tulsa, vice president of the Oklahoma Heritage Association, and president and trustee of the Bartlesville Boys Club.He was an honorary life member of the American Petroleum Institute Board of Directors and had been a member of the Executive Committee of the Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association.He was elected president of the International Petroleum Exposition in 1978. Houchin was a 33rd degree Mason and a member of the Royal Order of Jesters for 40 years.Houchin is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Lee Gammil of Ross, Calif.; two sons and daughters-in-law, John M. Jr. and Suellen Houchin of Asheville, N.C., and Larry C. and Jola Houchin of Tulsa; a sister, Virginia Corriell, of Columbus, Ohio; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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