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Petroleum Museum

1500 Interstate 20 West

Midland, Texas 79701

United States

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, The Petroleum Museum offers over 32,000 square feet of interactive education and entertainment for adventure of all ages. ... more

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University of Oklahoma


Northwestern University

B.S. degree


Northwestern University

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A native of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, Todd Aaron attended both the University of Oklahoma and Northwestern University in Illinois, receiving his B.S. degree in Commerce in 1933. Back in Oklahoma, he worked for Gulf Oil, National Bank of Tulsa and Phillips Petroleum. A move to Odessa, Texas in 1938 led him to a job with a company that fractured oil wells with nitroglycerin. After serving in the Navy during World War Il, Aaron returned to Odessa and started his own oil well drilling business. He found a niche for his cable tool drilling rigs with the early '50s discovery of the Spraberry Trend. In later booms, when the wait for a rotary rig could be a year, his rigs were available, even if simply to drill surface holes to hold a lease that was about to expire.

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Aaron found niche market by sticking with cable rigs

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Todd Aaron 1911-
Todd Aaron was born Dec. 11, 1911, in Pawhuska, Okla., to a physician-oriented family.His father was a doctor and his mother was the daughter of a doctor.But Aaron traveled another road, studying commerce at Northwestern University in Illinois.After college graduation, he started employment at Sears and Roebuck's mail order division in Chicago and eventually found his way Oklahoma where he worked for Gulf Oil Corp., Phillips Petroleum Co., and the National Bank of Tulsa.
While in Oklahoma, he met Dorothy Woodall and the two married Jan. 1, 1942, after Aaron had been called into active duty.Before that, he already had relocated to Odessa for a job as a shooter's helper and salesman with Rock Glycerin Co.During World War II, Aaron was stationed aboard the USS Bladen, which participated in the invasion and occupation of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and in landing of occupation forces in Japan.He was discharged from the Navy in 1946, and the couple and their infant son, Todd II, returned to Odessa and the Rock Glycerin firm.
In 1947, Todd started his own oil well drilling business engaging in contract drilling and workover operations throughout West Texas and New Mexico.By 1950, the family, which now included son Bill, moved to Midland along with the company, Todd Aaron Drilling Company.Aaron found a niche for his cable tool drilling rigs during the Spraberry boom southeast of Midland.
Aaron kept his cable tool rigs busy throughout the Permian Basin for the next 35 years.Long after others had abandoned the equipment for modern rigs, Aaron held on to his.During the 1980s boom, and stayed busy drilling surface holes for operators who were having to wait a year for a rotary rig.
Over the years, Aaron -- a quiet, humble man and also a private pilot -- contributed to the community.Memberships include Rotary International, Scottish and York Rite Mason and Shriner, Midland Need to Read, YMCA and Chamber of Commerce.In 2001 he was honored by the Permian Basin Petroleum Association as its Top Hand.
Although he never studied medicine, Aaron left a legacy in that field.In 2000, he and his late wife Dorothy underwrote the cost for construction of the Dorothy and Todd Aaron Medical Science Building at Midland College.

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