Lucille and Elmer Hartley celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on October 6, 2010.
Lucille and Elmer Hartley
Lucille was born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin and Elmer was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They were married on October 6, 1950 and in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Elmer joined Aramco in 1956 and arrived in Abqaiq in January of 1957. Lucille and daughters Wanda and Karen arrived in Abqaiq in June of 1957.
Elmer had various job assignments, during his career, in Abqaiq and Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia, AOC offices in The Hague, Netherlands, Athens, Greece, and Beirut, Lebanon and the ASC offices, Houston, TX.
He retired from AOC, houston, June, 1981 and purchased a home in Rockport, TX. During 2009, the Hartleys placed their home on the market and relocated to a retirement facility located in Portland, TX.
DHAHRAN, October 06, 2010 — Saudi Aramco doctors Peter McGuire and Richard Birrer showed the spirit and determination reminiscent of the company early pioneers to complete two quite distinct challenges at the world highest peak this spring.
Richard Birrer, M.D., Saudi Aramco Medical Services Organization executive director, left, and his son, Richard Birrer Jr., unfurl a Saudi Aramco flag at the summit of Mt. Everest. During the same trip, Emergency Department physician Dr. Peter McGuire studied positive airway pressure as a way to treat people suffering respiratory illness.
Birrer and his son, also Richard, would summit Mt. Everest 8,840-meter peak, and McGuire, with his daughter Heather as assistant, would contribute to medical research with a study of high altitude respiratory illness.
When Birrer, Saudi Aramco Medical Services Organization (SAMSO) executive director, joined the company in March 2009, he had already committed to a 2010 attempt on Everest. As he shared his enthusiasm with colleagues, Emergency Department physician McGuire was inspired to realize his dream of conducting field research.
At Mt. Everest base camp, some 11,000 feet (3,352 meters) below the peak, the atmosphere is half as dense as it is at sea level, McGuire said. At this altitude, you have to work twice as hard to get the same amount of oxygen. It like having only one lung. Putting on your socks makes you breathless. Everyday activities become potentially life-threatening.
McGuire said that with lack of oxygen, cell membranes leak, lungs fill with fluid and the brain swells. The mind and appetite are dulled, and with dehydration, muscle mass is diminished.
Peter McGuire with his daughter and research assistant, Heather, set up his research area at Everest Base Camp, near Khumbu Icefall, which Peter McGuire called “the dreaded first part of the climb of Everest.”
Our aim, he said, was to look at the effectiveness of positive airway pressure (PAP) in the rest, rehabilitation and rescue of people suffering respiratory illness.
And so, HABiPAP (High Altitude Bi-Lateral Positive Airway Pressure) was born.
Everyone at Everest suffers some respiratory illness. Birrer recalls being able to complete crosswords at base camp but not sudoku. Your body adapts somewhat with a rigorous acclimatization program, he said.
For example, the number of blood cells increases in an attempt to carry more oxygen. However, the effects are still dramatic. I lost about 10 pounds. One of my team members lost 38. One person nearly suffocated when she inhaled a mucus plug that had built up from dehydration. Every day you battle stomach upsets, coughing caused by dry throats, plus the psychological challenge of wondering if you can actually do this!
Climbers spend at least six weeks acclimating before making their summit attempt. The McGuires, stationed at base camp, needed only the week it takes to trek in from the airstrip at Lukla. They undertook that exercise with a team of porters carrying 500 pounds of medical equipment, batteries and generators, and camping gear.
With their camp set up, McGuire, with Birrer help, recruited volunteers for the treatment, which began with a series of standard blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen saturation assessments. Then subjects donned face masks that applied pressurized air through the nose on every in and out breath in a range of regimes. The vital statistics were taken again and the subjects were released.
Richard Birrer Jr. is tested for the effects of altitude.
Thirty-seven subjects were assessed, making McGuire research the largest study of its kind and attracting the attention of Dr. Peter Hackett, a well-respected author of scientific studies on altitude illnesses. Hackett, who was at base camp, invited McGuire to present his findings at a world hypoxia symposium next year.
Meanwhile, the Birrers prepared for their summit attempt. Birrer had made a previous attempt in 2005 but was forced to turn back just 500 feet from the top when the weather deteriorated and one of his team members collapsed and died. But there were no such problems this time around, and on May 25 at about dawn, both Birrers stood atop the world, watched the sun rise and planted the Saudi Aramco banner.
“It was a fairly emotional event, but you don’t have much time to dwell on that,” he said. “Most of the incidents happen coming down, and when you have already spent a substantial amount of time sucking on bottled air and hovering around what is commonly known as the death zone, it time to get out of there.
With their successful conquest of Everest, two of only 5,000 people to have done so, they also entered an elite club of just more than 100 people to summit the highest peaks on each of the seven continents.
McGuire proved that PAP is an effective treatment for respiratory illness. Oxygen saturation was greatly enhanced in the worst-affected subjects, allowing a return to near normal levels in most. His study will contribute to the global body of knowledge surrounding the treatment of respiratory illness and prompt further studies in the field.
Meanwhile SAMSO will be able to apply the knowledge to its own use of PAP in areas such as sleep apnea, and respiratory and lung disease.
Both men acknowledge the team effort that backed their achievements. McGuire is grateful to the SAMSO team, particularly the Respiratory Department, which contributed most of the equipment and spent time preparing him to run the gear. Medical Engineering, Central Supply and the Emergency Department were also significant contributors, along with Fred Vail, an organizational performance specialist, who will help McGuire validate his data and get it ready to publish.
Birrer is quick to draw comparisons between the teamwork required to summit a mountain to that required to run an organization such as SAMSO.
SAMSO is an Everest. If people clip off from the rope tying us all together and fall down a crevasse, at worst, the team will not be able to help them; at best, a rescue puts the rest of the team at risk and slows down or sabotages the entire expedition. Thirty-plus years of climbing have made me a better, more focused, more determined person, but also a better team player.
With those skills, I am building a better team at SAMSO”.
Name? Doug Cherrington
Job Title and Department? Electrical Mtls. Standardization Analyst/MSC
Compound Residence? Bachelor 700 unit in the Hills.
What year did you start working for Saudi Aramco? 1981
What year did you retire? 1988
Where do you live now? Quinton, Virginia
What attracted you to working for Saudi Aramco and living in Saudi Arabia? I worked for Otaibi Electric in Al Khobar from 1978-1981 in their warehousing business, selling electrical materials for various Eastern province projects and Jubail Industrial complex. I met some project purchasing agents for Aramco and they suggested that I could have a longer term with benefits if I got a job with Aramco. The fact that I was a musician would be a great social asset. I eventually was hired by Aramco in 1981 and the rest, as they say, is history.
What is one of your favorite memories of Saudi Arabia? I really enjoyed getting to know all the different nationalities and their different types of food and customs. The majority of friends I met in Aramco, both single and married, were in some way connected to Fred Salanti and his crew. Many fond memories.
What are some of your favorite hobbies in your retirement? I have a business in sound support. I am a full-time musician, and a singer and music instructor for guitar, banjo, mandolin, baritone uke, and beginner electric bass in Richmond, VA. My youngest student is four years old; my oldest is 87. I have a Kindermusik certification to learn how music and movement affects children from 3 months to six years old. This opened up a new teaching world for me. My students have really created me into an all around musician.
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DHAHRAN, October 06, 2010 — Over the years, Saudi Aramco has inspired innovation, the passion for learning and the development of new ideas. Since 2008, the company has worked to implement these goals under the mantle of the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture.
Focusing on the Kingdom’s youth, the center is developing a Children Discovery Zone (CDZ), which aims to provide children with experiences that widen their knowledge and encourage their dreams.
A five-day Youth Moderator Training Workshop immersed teens in marketing principles. (PhotoS: Abu Abdul Aziz Studio)
Rather than waiting for the result, 16 teens ages 15-17 recently joined the Just Kid, Inc. team in developing CDZ through a five-day Youth Moderator Training Workshop held at the Saudi Aramco Exhibit.
“The whole idea of this program is that we want to get the children involved and get their voices because we want them to feel that CDZ is their place to come to said program coordinator Anne Gaasedelen.
In a short time, the program involved students in a condensed, intensive curriculum of marketing research. They attended lectures and took part in discussion and exercises that shaped them into professional marketing moderators. Their training exposed them to the nature of qualitative and quantitative research, interpersonal and communication skills and conducting focus groups. They then applied those skills to the development of CDZ.
This is something my brother is taking in college, and Im taking it here in just one week! said 15-year-old youth moderator Reem Al-Sadoun. &It kind of amazing how much we learn in such a short time, even though it feels like forever. But the adults really supported us, making us feel that we can do this.
The program worked to connect teens with children who would be the visitors to CDZ. Through focus groups, teens engaged children in discussions about their ambitions, expectations of CDZ and their ideas for potential fun learning experiences. Together, they formed an image of the center that would reflect the youth of Saudi Arabia.
It sort of rejuvenating to know that we control what happens to the future youth of Saudi Arabia,” said youth moderator Hisham Al-Falih, 17. Im investing my time in something that will help my country to reach a better future of learning for children, so it exciting to know that we play a big role in this process.
The Youth Moderator Training Workshop connected teens with children who would be the visitors to the Children’s Discovery Zone. Through focus groups, teens engaged children in ideas for potential fun learning experiences.
Children in the focus groups also noted their ability to reach out to the teens, whom they viewed as role models.
It was really comfortable, and they were really easy to talk to, said 11-year-old Baraa Amir, a focus-group respondent. I think we both learned stuff. Sometimes you have too much fun, so you stop learning, or you have too much learning, so you stop having fun. But here we had fun and learned at the same time, so it was a balance of both.
Over two days, the 16 focus groups gave each youth moderator the chance to take the reins of his or her own group. Male moderators led the boys while female moderators lead the girls. Each session provided 45 minutes for the teens to talk to the children about their likes, dislikes and ideas for the center, while the other moderators observed and took notes.
The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture’s mission is to create an institute that makes a positive impact on the future of the Kingdom. By listening to the voices of the Saudi youth, the center can craft its programs to welcome and inspire future generations.
Our program involves Saudi teens in the opportunity to awaken the leaders within, said Gaasedelen. Although the center is something Saudi Aramco is building, it really the Saudi children who will create the programs and exhibits to act locally and grow globally.
HOUSTON, October 06, 2010 — The innovative nature of the Saudi Aramco Medical Services Organization Wellness Program has been recognized with a nomination for the World Oil Awards.
The SAMSO Wellness Program is aimed at promoting the long-term growth and sustainability of the company’s work force.
It is joined in the category of Best Health, Safety, Environment/Sustainable Development Award by Baker Hughes Inc., Halliburton, Schlumberger and Weatherford International Ltd. The winners will be announced Oct. 14 at the World Oil Awards Gala at the Houstonian Hotel.
This is a fantastic achievement. Receiving such recognition for the Saudi Aramco Wellness Program is a testament to the dedication and effort put into the program by our wellness champions, who help coordinate and promote wellness activities throughout the company, said Wellness Program Group leader Samantha Horseman of Preventive Medicine Services.
The program is aimed at promoting the long-term growth and sustainability of the company work force, often called its most precious resource.
Studies show a clear correlation between workers well-being and productivity. However, research further demonstrates that health and wellness contribute to myriad benefits, including a cost/savings ratio estimated as high 1/5.93.
Saudi Aramco is unique in having a stand-alone policy for wellness, which offers employees support and guidance to make healthy lifestyle choices.