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William C. Douce

Retired President and CEO of Phillips Petroleum Co.
1981 DESA Recipient
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  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, 1943

William Douce was honored for pioneering his company's entry into the chemical business, for expanding the international search for oil, and for developing new domestic energy supplies. Under his leadership, Phillips Petroleum Co. became the 12th largest chemical operation in the United States and expanded overseas energy development, particularly in the Norwegian North Sea. 

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