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Dean Anderson McGee

Former Chairman and Chief Executive of Kerr-McGee Corp.
1981 DESA Recipient
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  • B.S. Mining Engineering, 1926

McGee was honored for leading his company, Kerr-McGee, in development of the technology for offshore petroleum exploration and production and in the research and application of equipment and processes for uranium mining.  Kerr-McGee was the first company to use a submersible drilling unit in unprotected waters, the first to provide living quarters for offshore crews and the first to mine uranium. It developed the solvent extraction method of retrieving uranium ore.

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times