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W. L. "Bill" Kinney, Class of 1952

Petroleum Engineer, Inventor

W. L. "Bill" Kinney

W. L. "Bill" Kinney earned his Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering with the Marietta College Class of 1952. Later in his career he also attended the Harvard School of Business Management Development Program.

Following Marietta College, Kinney joined Marathon Oil Company, where he spent his entire career. Beginning in the swamps of Louisiana, his work with Marathon took him to many locations around the world. He rose to the position of president of Marathon International Oil Company before retiring to Horseshoe Bay, TX, in 1988. His greatest professional pride was the success of the Brae Field Development Project in the North Sea.

In 1984 he received the honorary Commander of the Civil Division of the British Empire (CBE) from Queen Elizabeth II. Kinney holds several patents, including Well Stimulation with Hydrophilic Fluids, Stimulation of Water Injection Wells with Micellar Dispersions, Stimulation of Producing Wells with Water-External Micellar Dispersions, and Process for Recovering Oil Utilizing Non-Newtonian Fluids.

An avid pilot, Kinney often came to the aid of those in medical need through his service to Angel flights. In 1984, he began 21 years of service on the Marietta College Board of Trustees, this following a five-year term as Alumni Trustee a decade earlier. Kinney served as Co-Chair of the Campaign for Marietta College from 1999-2003 and was an Emeritus Trustee at the time of his death on July 4, 2004.