Clifford L. Souders

September 24, 1958

Clifford L. Souders, Contract Representative, Arab Development department, Ras Tanura, who received his 15-year-service award Aug. 11, was killed when his car overturned on the Ras Tanura-Dhahran road five miles north of the Dammam turnoff Wednesday, Sept. 24.

Mr. Souders has spent his entire 15 years with Aramco in Saudi Arabia. Arriving here in August, 1943, he worked first in the Construction department in Ras Tanura where he assisted in building the camp's first houses. He later was transferred to Abqaiq to help in the initial construction of that camp.

In 1946 he was transferred to Dhahran and worked in Construction and Engineering Mechanical Services before he was assigned to the Arab Development department

Mr. Souders was born in Lincoln, Neb. He first worked in the oil industry on a drilling rig in Augusta, Kans. Later he worked for the Universal Consolidated Oil Company at Point Conception, Long Beach, Taft and Bakersfield, Calif.

In 1930 he opened a mechanical repair shop in La Habra, Calif. However when World War II started he signed on at the Sausalito, Calif., shipyards as Supervisor of Pipefitters. He held this job until joining Aramco in 1943.

Surviving Mr. Souders are his wife Esther, a son, Keith of Dhahran, a daughter, Mrs. E. B. Rhodes, 5752 Tobias St., Van Nuys, Calif., and two grandchildren, Kent and Derek Souders, of Dhahran. Services were held at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 in Dhahran. [Photograph]

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