Lawrence Hill Rushmer
Lawrence Hill Rushmer, District Manager of Ras Tanura, who was in his thirty-fifth year with Aramco and affiliated companies, died at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Barbara Snook, 234 Overhill Road, Orinda, Calif.
Mr. Rushmer was born Aug. 10, 1901, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended the University of Kansas and received his A.B. degree in chemistry from the University of California.
Immediately after graduation he was employed by Standard Oil of California at the Richmond refinery May 21, 1923. The last position he held with Socal, before his transfer to Aramco, was General Foreman, Low Pressure Distillation department, Light Oil division.
His first assignment in Saudi Arabia was Superintendent of Manufacturing, Refining department, Ras Tanura. He arrived in Ras Tanura Sept. 20, 1948, and served in his first assignment until February, 1949, when he was appointed Acting District Manager.
He was appointed District Manager, Ras Tanura, in January, 1952. From August to November, 1953, Mr. Rushmer was assigned to the Management Committee in Dhahran.
Mr. Rushmer took great pride in the growing community of Ras Tanura. He and his family enjoyed the facilities of the beach and the golf course. Mr. Rashmer was an enthusiastic golfer, and he participated in tournament play until this last year. A softball fan, he also actively supported all sports in Ras Tanura. The safety program received his engrossed attention, and he took great pride in presenting safety award plaques to winning work units.
The Rushmers left Saudi Arabia in May for their long vacation. While on vacation Mr. Rushmer was stricken with his fatal illness.
Surviving are his widow Elsabeth, his daughter Mrs. Snook, and his son John who is employed by Standard Oil Company of N.J., at Coral Gables, Fla.
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The people of Aramco have lost a leader whose integrity was unquestioned, whose loyalty was innate and whose conduct was exemplary. The passing of Laurie Rushmer constitutes a grievous loss to the company to whom he gave his allegiance, energy, outstanding ability and executive talents. He has had the respect of his co-workers and the friendship of the community. His absence from our midst will long be felt. Fred A. Davies, Chairman of the Board, R. L. Keyes, President.