Daniel Gene Barbee

November 7, 1937 - March 12, 2012
Daniel Gene Barbee

Daniel Barbee, 74, of College Station, passed away on Monday, March 12, 2012 in College Station, Texas. Memorial services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, at Memorial Funeral Chapel, 2901 Texas Avenue South, in College Station.

Daniel was born to Theadore and Mariam (Wahl) Barbee November 7, 1937, in Petersburg, Illinois. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1964, where he met Ruth, his wife of 48 years. Following graduation, the young couple headed off to Saudi Arabia to work for a couple years in the oil business, before rejoining academia in 1966, at the University of North Dakota. Daniel later joined the faculty in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Texas A&M in 1969. In 1972, Daniel left the University to re-join the Arabian American Oil Company (now Saudi Aramco), from which he retired in 1987 as Vice President of Project Management. During Daniel's Aramco career he oversaw the construction of crude-oil facilities as well as hospitals, schools, and housing. In retirement, Daniel enjoyed working in his garden, writing, and traveling. To the surprise and delight of many, he also discovered the fun of ballroom dancing.

Daniel is survived by his wife, Ruth (Renken) Barbee; son, Scott Barbee; daughter, Carol Barbee Meijers; sister, Bonnie Angel; and four grandchildren, Ben and Jacob Meijers and Sabine and Madeline Barbee.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Hospice Brazos Valley at www.hospicebrazosvalley.org.

Source: http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Daniel-Barbee&lc=4540&pid=156490989&mid=5032296&locale=en_US.

9 Comments for “In Memory of Daniel Gene Barbee”

  1. Gravatar of Tom ThorstensonTom Thorstenson
    Posted Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 3:16:23 PM

    This is sad news. I so admired and respected him. His dry wit and sense of humor made it fun to go to work and he challenged iimagination and creativity with his high expectations. My sincere condolences to Ruth and his family.

  2. Gravatar of Roger GerrardRoger Gerrard
    Posted Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 3:35:17 PM

    Just read about Dan's passing and was shocked and saddened. His understanding of those who worked for him and constant expression of gratitude was never ending. Please accept my sincerest thoughts and prayers for the family.

  3. Gravatar of Frank FugateFrank Fugate
    Posted Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 4:23:12 PM

    Dan was not just my right hand he was my right arm. What a team we made. We worked together; we planned together; we made mistakes together; we did a lot of great things together – but most of all he was my friend for over 40 years. He was extremely intelligent with a constant stream of good ideas. He was also very modest. Not once did I ever hear him address himself as Dr Barbee to anyone. The many fellow workers who attended his Memorial spoke louder than words what a special man Dan was to all who knew him.
    Mary will miss Dan’s sense of humor and the friendship we shared.
    Dan and I were born on November 7th - a notable few years apart.
    We already miss his emails and will certainly miss his card this November which we always exchanged.
    Frank & Mary Fugate

  4. Gravatar of Chip StansburyChip Stansbury
    Posted Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 4:30:55 AM

    Yes, Dan will surely be missed by so many. He did have a tremendous impact on the growth and development of Aramco in so many ways. It was truly a pleasure knowing him. May God bless,

  5. Gravatar of Ming TsaiMing Tsai
    Posted Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 8:31:46 AM

    The loss of Dan grieves all of us who worked in RPD. We valued the memory of his warmth and deceny. We will miss him.

  6. Gravatar of Dave ScottDave Scott
    Posted Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 2:35:27 PM

    I enjoyed working with Dan. He was a no nonsense thoughtful man, without an inflated ego. Too many are leaving too soon. He will be missed.

  7. Gravatar of Ben WomackBen Womack
    Posted Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 1:46:22 PM

    Dan will be missed by us all. So sorry he had to leave at such a young age and so quickly. He was a "renaissance" man and an inspiration to all who had the privilege to meet and work with him.

  8. Gravatar of Carlos A. NazarCarlos A. Nazar
    Posted Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 9:26:12 PM

    I just found out about Dan Barbee's passing with great sadness. I had the pleasure of working many years in Project Management under the leadership and guidance of Dan Barbee and Frank Fugate; the greatest in the business.On the few ocassions I had the pleasure of meeting him personally I was impressed by his knowledge, quick and accurate decision making ability, his humble demeanor and good humor.Saudi Aramco owes a debt of gratitude to this genmtleman, as do we who had the good fortune of working for him. I will miss him as well as all who knew him.

  9. Gravatar of Pam Morgan MageePam Morgan Magee
    Posted Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:31:38 PM

    It was with great sadness that I read the news of Dan's passing. What a kind and gentle man! My sincere condolences to Ruth, Scott, and Carol. God bless you.

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