Ralph Henry Devenney

Deceased: 18 April 1964

Under: Obituary

Ralph Henry Devenney, 47, first came to Saudi Arabia in June, 1947.

His Aramco career covered a wide range of supervisory and administrative assignments in Maintenance and Shops, Engineering, Construction and Industrial Relations. In July, 1963, he was named general manager, Industrial Relations, following his election as director of Aramco Overseas Company the previous month.

Devenney was born in Jurction (sic) City, Kan. He received his education at Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Mo., and the University of Kansas at Lawrence.

From 1941 to 1946 he served with the U.S. Navy, rising from ensign to the rank of lieutenant commander.

Devenney's Aramco posts took him to Ras Tanura and the New York office as well as Dhahran. He was named assistant to the manager, Materials, Supply and Traffic department in Dhahran in 1952, then moved to Ras Tanura as general superintendent, Materials, Supply and Community Services in 1958. In 1959 he became general superintendent of Industrial Relations in Ras Tanura. In 1960, he transferred to the New York office as manager, Purchasing and Traffic department, and in July of the following year returned to Dhahran as coordinator, Personnel division, General Office. In December, 1961, he became assistant general manager, Relations and Local Sales.

Active in the Half Moon Yacht Association, Devenney was Commodore from 1961-1963. Surviving are his wife, Helen, and two children, Scott 12, and Pamela, 10. [Photograph]

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